Jon Klancher-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Jon Klancher

Professor of English, Director of Literary and Cultural Studies Program

Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Baker Hall 245 F
Phone: (412) 268-2852
Fax: (412) 268-7989


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, forthcoming 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.


  • Ph.D., UCLA,
  • MA, UCLA
  • BA, Pitzer College

Selected Publications

"Remediating the Art Controversy:  Print and Art Authorship in the Nineteenth Century" in Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society, ed. Richard Howells, Andreea Ritivoi, and Judith Scachter (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming 2012). 

"The Making of English Reading Audiences in Retrospect," European Romantics Review (forthcoming 2012)

"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.

Curriculum Vitae