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; Co-director, Montreal International Poetry Prize
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: 


“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).
“Silent Eloquence: Literary Extracts, the Aesthetics of Disability, and Melville’s ‘Fragments.’” With Daniel Couch. Leviathan (forthcoming).


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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