Kristin Samuelian

Kristin Samuelian

Kristin Samuelian

Associate Professor

British literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, nineteenth-century British novel, materialist approaches to literature.

Kristin Samuelian received her PhD from Boston University in 1992. She is the author of Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821 (Palgrave, 2010), the Broadview edition of Austen’s Emma, and essays in Studies in Romanticism, ELH, as well as in several anthologies of essays on Romantic-era literature and culture. She coordinates the Honors Program in English and teaches regularly for the Honors College.

Current Research

My current book project, "The Moving Body and the English Romantic Imaginary," looks at discourses of national identity in British popular writing about dance from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. The manuscript is under contract with Routledge, as part of the Routledge Studies in Romanticism series, with an expected publication date of Fall 2020.

Selected Publications

Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821. Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.

Emma, by Jane Austen.  Edited with an introduction, explanatory notes, and selected contemporary documents. Broadview Press, 2004.  A Broadview Literary Texts edition.

"Dancing in Time and Place: Figuring Englishness in Romantic Periodicals." ELH 83:3 (Fall 2016).

“Periodicals” (coauthored with Mark Schoenfield, Vanderbilt University).  Handbook to Romanticism Studies. Ed Joel Faflak and Julia M. Wright. Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2012. 

“Managing Propriety for the Regency: Jane Austen Reads the Book.” Studies in Romanticism (Summer 2009).

In progress: "The Moving Body and the English Romantic Imaginary." Routledge Studies in Romanticism, 2020 (expected).


Courses Taught

ENGH 333, British Novel of the Eighteenth Century
ENGH 335, Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
ENGH 336, British Novel of the Nineteenth Century
ENGH 458, Age of Revolution and Reform (RS) 
ENGH 640, Nineteenth-Century British Literature
ENGH 701, Research in English Studies
HNRS 110, Research Methods
HNRS 122, Reading the Arts
HNRS 130, Conceptions of Self
ENGH 202, Hero and Antihero
ENGH 302, Advanced Composition


Recent Presentations

“Extracting Enthusiasm: Blackwood’s and The Imperial.” Blackwood’s Bicentenary Conference, Edinburgh, July 2017.

“Bodies Odd and Ancient: Quadrille Dancing, Lady Hamilton, and Unruly Movement.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS) Conference, Philadelphia, April 2017.

“Figures of national discontent: performing modesty in Mansfield Park and Romantic ballet.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Berkeley, August 2016.

“Rethinking the politics of dance in the post-Revolutionary period: im/mobility in Austen and beyond.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS) Conference, Atlanta, GA, March/April 2015.

“Signification and the Dancing Body, 1760-1826.” 16th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK, April 2014.

“Enticing contagion: the dancing mania in the nineteenth century.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS) Conference, Charlottesville, VA, March 2013. 

Invited lecture: “Strange disorders: nationalism and disease in Romantic-era writing about dance” Eighteenth/Nineteenth-Century Colloquium, Warren Humanities Center, Vanderbilt University, January 2013.