Jon Klancher-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Jon Klancher

Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, English

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.268.2852


My research has focused on the British Romantic and Victorian periods, print history, and the sociology of culture. I am especially interested in the emergence of new fields of knowledge in the early nineteenth century and have recently completed a book on this topic, Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age (Cambridge University Press, 2013). I am also working on the historical relationship of so-called "new" and "old" media in a project on book history, the long nineteenth century, and the current debates around new media and digital humanities. I have edited A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age for Blackwell and contributed to a wide range of collections and reference books. I am also author of The Making of English Reading Audiences 1790-1832 and related essays on Romantic-age cultural and media history.

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  • Ph.D., UCLA
  • M.A., UCLA
  • BA, Pitzer College


  • “Wild Bibliography: The Rise and Fall of Book History in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Bookish Histories: Literature and Commercial Modernity 1700-1850, ed. Ina Ferris and Paul Keen (New York: Palgrave, 2009): 19-41.
  •  “Discriminations, or Romantic Cosmopolitanism in London,” in Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780-1840, eds. James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006) pp. 165-84.
  • “British Romantic Criticism,” The Johns Hopkins Guide to Criticism and Theory, Second Edition (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2004).