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Ivan Ortiz

Assistant Professor

Ivan Ortiz received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University in 2013. Among his research interests are 18th century and 19th century British literature (especially Romanticism), poetics and aesthetics, literary theory, the history of emotion and affect, and intersections between science & literature.


Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013
M.A., Princeton University, 2010
B.A., Stanford University, 2005

Scholarly and Creative Work

He is currently developing a book project, Romanticism and the Aesthetics of Modern Transport: 1784-1850, that reexamines the fraught relationship the Romantics had with emerging technologies of locomotion--like steam navigation, the air balloon, the postal coach, and the railway--in order to recover the surprising contributions these modern vehicles made to thinking about specific poetic and aesthetic categories, like fancy, sublimity, and nostalgia. Other writing projects include an article on abolition balladry and the politics of lyric possession and another that maps Romantic writers' fascination with and contribution to an emerging science of energy.

Teaching Interests

In his teaching he is interested in questions of genre, form, and aesthetics. Aside from surveys in 18th century and Romantic studies, he will offer courses in the essay as a form, Gothic literature and media studies, literature and science, sympathy and sensibility, and an introduction to aesthetics.