Duke University Linguistics Program

    Rob Mitchell
  • Rob Mitchell

  • Professor of English, Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the Center for Interdiscipinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory; Affiliated Faculty in Women's Studies
  • English
  • 304C Allen Building
  • Phone: (919) 668-2547
  • Fax: 919-684-4871
  • Office Hours: Fall 2014
    Class office hours: Mondays 12:20-2:00 PM
    DGS hours by appointment in 304C
  • Other

    Director, Center for Interdiscipinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory

    Affiliated Faculty: Women's Studies

  • Specialties

    • British Literature
    • Romanticism
    • Eighteenth Century Literature
    • Science and Literature
    • Critical Theory
  • Research Summary

    British Literature of the Romantic Era; Romanticism; 18th Century Literature; Literature and Science
  • Research Description

    Robert Mitchell's research focuses on relationships between literature and the sciences in the Romantic era, as well as contemporary intersections among information technologies, genetics, and commerce, especially as these have been played out in the legal, literary, and artistic spheres. His most recent work has focused on the theory and practices of experimentation in both the arts and sciences, the history of vitalism, and the relationship between aesthetics and biological concepts of population. He has published three single-author monographs: Sympathy and the State in the Romantic Era: Systems, State Finance, and the Shadows of Futurity (Routledge, 2007), Bioart and the Vitality of Media (University of Washington Press, 2010), and Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013). He is also co-author of the monograph Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism (Duke UP, 2006) and the DVD-ROM Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information (U of Pennsylvania P, 2008). Mitchell is co-editor of several collections of essays, including Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information (Routledge, 2003), Romanticism and Modernity (Routledge, 2011), and Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media (Stanford UP, 2011), and co-editor of the book series "In Vivo: The Cultural Mediations of Biomedical Science" (University of Washington Press). He has also published many articles in humanities, social science, and natural science journals, including Science, The American Journal of Bioethics, Biosocieties, Studies in Romanticism, and PMLA.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Comparative Literature,
      • University of Washington,
      • 2001
      • M.A.,
      • History,
      • University of California-Irvine,
      • 1995
      • B.A.,
      • Comparative History of Ideas,
      • University of Washington,
      • 1994
  • Selected Publications

      • R. Mitchell.
      • Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature.
      • The Johns Hopkins University Press,
      • 2013.
      • (2013 British Society for Literature and Science Annual Book Prize Winner).
      • [web]
      • R. Mitchell.
      • Bioart and the Vitality of Media.
      • University of Washington Press,
      • 2010.
      • [web]
      • with
      • Helen Burgess, Phillip Thurtle.
      • Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information.
      • University of Pennsylvania Press,
      • 2008.
      • (DVD-ROM).
      • [web]
      • R. Mitchell.
      • Sympathy and the State in the Romantic Era: Systems, State Finance, and the Shadows of Futurity.
      • Routledge,
      • 2007.
      • [web]
      • with
      • C. Waldby.
      • Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs, and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism.
      • Duke University Press,
      • 2006.
      • [web]
      • with
      • T. Pfau.
      • "Romanticism and Modernity."
      • Routledge,
      • 2011.
      • with J. Khalip.
      • "Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media."
      • Stanford University Press,
      • 2011.
      • [web]
      • Mitchell.
      • "Bioart e biotechnologie dal punto di vista filosofico di Simondon."
      • Il Divenire della Conoscenza: Estetica e contingenza del reale.
      • Ed. Anna Long and Roberto Masiero.
      • Mimesis Edizioni,
      • 2013.
      • with
      • John M. Conley, Arlene M. Davis, R. Jean Cadigan, Allison W. Dobson, Ryan Q. Gladden.
      • "A Trade Secret Model for Genomic Biobanking."
      • Journal of Medicine, Law and Ethics
      • 40
      • .3
      • (September, 2012)
      • :
      • 612–629.
      • R. Mitchell.
      • "U.S. Biobanking Strategies and Biomedical Immaterial Labor."
      • Biosocieties
      • 7
      • .3
      • (2012)
      • :
      • 224–244.
      • R. Mitchell.
      • "Simondon, Bioart, and the Milieux of Biotechnology."
      • Inflexions
      • 5
      • (2012)
      • .
      • [web]
      • R. Mitchell.
      • "Cryptogamia."
      • Romanticism and Modernity.
      • Routledge,
      • 2011.
      • 199-219.
      • ((reprint of essay))
      • R. Mitchell.
      • "Suspended Animation, Slow Time, and the Poetics of Trance."
      • PMLA
      • 126
      • .1
      • (2011)
      • :
      • 107-122.
      • with
      • P. Thurtle.
      • "Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information."
      • Routledge,
      • 2003.
      • [web]
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  • PhD Students

  • Teaching

    • ENGLISH 184S.02
      • READINGS IN GENRE
      • Allen 317
      • MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM