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Margaret Koehler , Ph.D.

Professor , Chair of Writing Intensive Program
Department of

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Office: Towers Hall 229


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

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Satire
  • Cognitive approaches to literature
Specializations: British Literature of the Long 18th Century, Poetry and Poetics, Satire and Comedy, Cognitive Approaches to Literature.

Scholarship: My book Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.  I've published essays in Modern PhilologyStudies in English Literature, and the Blackwell Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry.  I am currently working on a new project about science and poetry.

Recent or new topical courses: "Literature and Empire in the British 18th Century," "The Invention of the Tourist in 18th-Century Travel Writing," and "Masquerade, Madness, and the Modern Self"

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


  • Margaret Koehler's book, Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth CenturyPoetry 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

Affiliations & Awards

  • Grant Recipient, Council for Independent Colleges Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Aphra Behn Society

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The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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