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Margaret Koehler, Ph.D

Department of English

Associate Professor


Emory University, Ph.D., 2003
Wesleyan University, B.A., 1995

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Satire
  • Cognitive approaches to literature
Cover image of Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century

Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Aphra Behn Society
  • Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • “The Filter of Attention and Indissoluble Attractors in Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic Poetry”; Modern Philology, 108: 1 (August 2010):  65-88.
  • “Odes of Absorption in the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century”; Studies in English Literature (SEL), 47: 3 (Summer 2007):  659-678.
  • “The Ode,” in Christine Gerrard, ed., A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry. (Oxford:  Blackwell Publishing, 2006), 386-402

Personal Bio
Specializations: British Literature of the Long 18th Century, Poetry and Poetics, Satire and Comedy, Cognitive Approaches to Literature.

Scholarship: I recently completed a book manuscript, "Attention Dividends in 18th-Century English Poetry." And my essays have appeared in:  Modern Philology, SEL (Studies in English Literature), and the Blackwell Companion to 18th-Century Poetry.

Recent or new topical courses: "A Sermon and a Striptease: the 18th-C Novel," "Mind & Matter," and "Poetry for the 21st Century."

Senior project interests:  I'm happy to direct or read for projects on any aspect of 18th-century literature as well as projects that focus more broadly on poetry and poetics; the history of the novel; satire; comedy; early women and laboring-class writers; cognitive or other psychological perspectives on literature; science and literature; writing in the disciplines; Britain and British-ness

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