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Research Interests for Robert E. Mitchell

Research Interests: British Literature of the Romantic Era; Romanticism; 18th Century Literature; Literature and Science

Robert Mitchell is interested in the role of theories of emotional communication (for example, sympathy and identification), as well as the role of science, in the prose and poetry of the Romantic era. He is also interested in contemporary intersections between information technologies, genetics, and commerce, especially as these have been played out in the legal and literary spheres. He has published articles about the role of sympathy in Adam Smith's moral philosophy, the vision of science in Percy Bysshe Shelley's early poetry, and is co-editor of a collection of essays entitled Semiotic Flesh: Information and the Human Body. He is currently revising a manuscript that outlines the history of theories of sympathy in the Romantic era, and he is also working on a multimedia project that investigates contemporary issues in genetic commerce.

Areas of Interest:

British Romanticism
German Romanticism
British and French Literature of the Enlightenment/Eighteenth-Century Critical Theory/History of Criticism
Media and Communication History and Theory
Twentieth-Century French and German Philosophy
European Intellectual History

Representative Publications
  1. Mitchell, R, Experimental life: Vitalism in Romantic science and literature (January, 2013), pp. 1-309, The Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 9781421410890 (2013 British Society for Literature and Science Annual Book Prize Winner; 2014 Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.) [experimental-life[abs]
  2. Mitchell, R, Bioart and the Vitality of Media (2010), University of Washington Press [ref=sr_1_1]
  3. with Mitchell, R; Burgess, H; Thurtle, P, Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information (DVD-ROM) (2008), University of Pennsylvania Press (DVD-ROM.) [available here]
  4. Mitchell, RE, Sympathy and the State in the Romantic Era: Systems, State Finance, and the Shadows of Futurity (2007), Routledge [102-8880685-5627335]
  5. with Waldby, C; Mitchell, R, Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs, and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism (2006), Duke University Press [102-8880685-5627335]
  6. with Pfau, T; Mitchell, R, Romanticism and Modernity, edited by Pfau, T; Mitchell, R, vol. 21 (2011), pp. 267-273, Routledge [doi]
  7. with J. Khalip, Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media, edited by Mitchell, R; Khalip, J (2011), Stanford University Press [ref=sr_1_1]
  8. Mitchell, R, Bioart e biotechnologie dal punto di vista filosofico di Simondon, in Il Divenire della Conoscenza: Estetica e contingenza del reale, edited by Long, A; Masiero, R (2013), Mimesis Edizioni
  9. with Conley, JM; Mitchell, R; Cadigan, RJ; Davis, AM; Dobson, AW; Gladden, RQ, A trade secret model for genomic biobanking., The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics : a Journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, vol. 40 no. 3 (September, 2012), pp. 612-629 [doi[abs]
  10. Mitchell, R, US biobanking strategies and biomedical immaterial labor, Biosocieties, vol. 7 no. 3 (September, 2012), pp. 224-244, Springer Nature [doi]
  11. Mitchell, R, Simondon, Bioart, and the Milieux of Biotechnology, Inflexions, vol. 5 (2012) [html]
  12. Mitchell, R, Cryptogamia, in Romanticism and Modernity (2011), pp. 199-219, Routledge ((reprint of essay).)
  13. Mitchell, R, Suspended Animation, Slow Time, and the Poetics of Trance, Pmla, vol. 126 no. 1 (2011), pp. 107-122, Modern Language Association (MLA) [doi]
  14. with Mitchell, R, Sell: Body wastes, information, and commodification, in Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information, edited by Mitchell, R; Thurtle, P (2003), pp. 121-136, Routledge, ISBN 9780203873274 [104-7461896-1670304], [doi]

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