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Assistant Professor of English
Radford Hall 306

Research Interests: Literature and Science, Anthropocene Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Indigenous Literature

Dr. Manning’s research focuses on the intersections between literature and science; her recent work explores nineteenth-century preconceptions of the Anthropocene (a word coined in 2002 to describe our current human-dominated geological epoch). Whether she is teaching literature of the long British nineteenth century (the era marked by radical new ideas about the age of the earth and species change that is also amongst those most guilty for accelerating the environmental conditions that constitute the Anthropocene) or Indigenous literature from 1800 to the present, Dr. Manning’s classes offer means of exploring issues related to sustainability. Following the logic of sustainability, her courses seek to promote systems thinking, provoking shifts in perception and prompting students to notice how the study of literature offers them means of perceiving the connections between social, economic, and ecological systems and practices that interact to produce the condition of life (both local and global) in our complex and interconnected biosphere.