Michael Nicholson

Michael Nicholson
Contact Information
514-398-4400, ext.: 00927
Email address: 
michael.nicholson [at] mcgill.ca

McGill University
Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Assistant Professor
Arts 135A

B.A., summa cum laude, UC Berkeley 

Nineteenth Century
Poetry and Poetics
Teaching areas: 

Ecocriticism and Ecology; Science and Technology Studies; Literature and Empire; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Time and Temporality; Gothic Romance

Taught previously at: 

University of Toronto

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


Visiting Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2018-19
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 2016-17
Roger W. Eddy Fellowship, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, 2015-16
Clark Dissertation Fellowship, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA, 2014-15
Editorial Fellowship, Journal of Victorian Culture, 2012-13


“Living Calendars: Romanticism and Organic Time,” SSHRC Insight Development Grant (principal investigator), 2020-2022
“Calendriers vivants : romantisme et temps organique,” FRQSC Etablissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs (principal investigator), 2020-2023
“Making Well: Poetry Matters 2019-20,” SSHRC Connections Grant (co-applicant), 2019-20
“Poetry Matters/The Montréal International Poetry Prize,” SSHRC Connections Grant (co-applicant), 2018-19

Awards and Honours

Louis Dudek Award for Excellence in Teaching, McGill University, 2018
Best graduate student paper, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (annual meeting), 2015 
Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA Academic Senate, 2013 (university-wide)
Chancellor’s Prize, UCLA Office of the Chancellor, 2010
Dante Prize, Dante Society of America, 2005

Selected publications: 


“Silent Eloquence: Literary Extracts, the Aesthetics of Disability, and Melville’s ‘Fragments.’” With Daniel Couch. Leviathan 23.1 (2021): 7-23.
“Unheard Swarms: John Clare and Romantic Entomology.” The Wordsworth Circle 51.3 (2020): 338-59.
“A Singular Experiment: Frankenstein’s Creature and the Nature of Scientific Community.” Science Fiction Studies 47.1 (2020): 1-29.
“Common Distress: Clare’s Poetic Strain.” Palgrave Advances in John Clare Studies. eds. Simon Kövesi and Erin Lafford (Palgrave, 2020).
Fugitive Pieces: Walpole, Byron, and Queer Time.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 60.2 (2019): 139-62.
“The Itinerant ‘I’: John Clare’s Lyric Defiance.” ELH 82.2 (2015): 637-69.
“‘Rural Architecture’: Local Lyric and Cumbrian Culture in William Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads (1800).” Genre 48.3 (2015): 405-33.
“More than Eve: Women and Superior Secondariness in English Poetry, 1751–1810.” Eighteenth-Century Life (accepted).


Review of Emily Rohrbach's Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of AnticipationKeats-Shelley Journal 67 (2018): 206-208.

Current research: 

Monograph entitled After Time: Romanticism and Anachronism

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