Carnegie Mellon University

Jon Klancher

Jon Klancher

Professor Emeritus

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Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall 259, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Area of Study



My research focuses on later eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British culture, book and reading history, and the sociology of literature.  My new project concerns the emergence of the modern idea of “scale” from the early-modern sciences to the emerging disciplines of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  My most recent book is Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age (Cambridge University Press), which received the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for 2016.   I have edited A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age for Blackwell as well as contributing 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 print history. 


  • Ph.D., UCLA, 1981
  • MA, UCLA, 1975
  • BA, Pitzer College, 1972

Recent Publications

“Scale and Skill in British Print Culture: Reading the Technologies, 1680-1820,” Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture (in press, forthcoming 2018)

”Remediating Art Controversy in the Nineteenth Century” in Outrage:  Art, Controversy, and Society, ed. Andreea Ritivoi, Judith Schachter, and Richard Howells (New York: Palgrave, 2012): 239-62.

“Configuring Romanticism and Print History: The Making of English Reading Audiences in Retrospect,”  European Romantics Review 23 (2012): 373-79.

“Wild Bibliography: The Rise and Fall of Book History in Nineteenth-Century Britain,”Bookish Histories: Books, Literature, and Commercial Modernity 1700-1900, 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.

Selected Undergraduate and Graduate Course Titles

History of Books and Reading 1450-1950
Media and Mediation in the Romantic Age
Sociology of Culture
Literature and the Sciences
Victorian Sensations