Ryan Heuser

I am a Ph.D. candidate in English at Stanford University, studying British literature and culture in the long eighteenth century. My dissertation explores forms of “invisible action” in the period, arguing that Smith’s “invisible hand” and “impartial spectator” participate in broader cultural formations of the displacement and exchange of agency—as seen, for instance, in the pervasive literary usage of personified abstractions, or in Hobbes’ relocation of sovereignty onto the invisible abstraction of the State. I also work on historical prosody; the literary geography of London; algorithmic poetry; and the theory and practice of the digital humanities. Most of my research makes use of computational and other quantitative approaches to literature. I am a member of the Stanford Literary Lab, and from 2011-2015 served as its Associate Research Director and principal coder. You can also find me on Twitter, on Github, and on Academia.edu. I update a blog here. My email address is heuser [at] stanford [dot] edu.

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