David Womble



Research Interests: 

18th- and 19th-century British novels; the Anthropocene; physiology and the history of science. I am interested in the ways these two centuries defined, physiologically and politically, what individuals were and were not.  In particular, I like to keep track of those parts of "the self" that are in excess of "the individual." How did novels of this era formulate and regulate  -- or else deny and mystify -- those aspects of humanity that only found expression in collectivity?  If these two centuries imagined into existence new domains of experience like climateecology, globalism and milieu, then they also created new 'characters' such as populations and species to inhabit them.  I hope that my research will show how, formally speaking, novels made the perspective of the multitude a necessary one for imagining private experience in the age of the Anthropocene.


I often attend a variety of workshops, including 18th-/19th-century cultures; the Fishbein workshop in the human sciences; and Science, Literature and the Arts.


BA, Duke University

Began at the U of C in 2012.

Teaching Experience: 

CA, Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances, Instructor: Tim Harrison