Ivan Ortiz

Ivan Ortiz
Phone: (619) 260-4147
Fax: 619-260-4227
Office: Founders Hall 171C

Assistant Professor, English

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

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.

Scholarly 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 essay on Jane Austen's use of objects that function like social media in Emma and another that maps Romantic writers' fascination with and contribution to an emerging science of energy.

"Bursting Golden Bubbles: Thomas De Quincey's California." European Romantic Review 28.3 (2017)
"Fancy's Eye: Poetic Vision and the Romantic Air Balloon." Studies in Romanticism 56.2 (2017)
"Nostalgia and Trauma in Thomas De Quincey's The English Mail-Coach.Traumatic Tales: British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth Century British Literature, ed. Lisa Kasmer (Routledge, 2017)
"Lyric Possession in the Abolition Ballad." forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Studies (2018)
"Selfies with Emma: Jane Austen's Social Media" (in preparation for Narrative)

Areas of Interest

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.