Diana Little is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. Before coming to Princeton, she earned her B.A. from McGill University and her MSt in English (1700-1830) from Jesus College, Oxford. Her research interests include transatlantic Romanticisms, poetry and poetics, history of science, ecocriticism, empire, and indigenous literatures.
Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “Imperial Erosions: The Geological Poetics of Empire in Britain and America, 1780-1850,” explores how poets and writers such as Erasmus Darwin, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, John Clare, William Cullen Bryant, William Apess, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, and George Perkins Marsh explore the intersections between poetry, geology, and empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It argues that the emergence of geology in the late eighteenth century not only provided poets new ways of reading the earth, but new ways of reading the rise and fall – or rather the uplift and erosion – of empire.