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 traces contemporary notions of corporate personhood back to the eighteenth century, arguing that literary forms of abstraction and personification in fact modernized personhood by diffusing it across emergent and otherwise inarticulable forms of agency. I also work on historical prosody, the literary geography of London, algorithmically generated 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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