About Me

Hi — I’m Devin, and I’m an English Professor at the University of Southen California, where I study how literature shapes society and our understanding of natural systems. I grew up in Albuquerque and Houston, and attended college at the University of Texas before heading east to continue my studies at Rutgers and Penn. My research examines the intersection of intellectual history, scientific literature, and the digital humanities, with emphasis on nineteenth-century British literature and science. My work on this subject has appeared in ELH, Studies in English Literature, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Literature Compass, and Book History. My first book, The Age of Analogy: Science and Literature Between the Darwins, published in 2016 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, examines how historical novels established a new relational understanding of history and furnished a new comparative method, shaping the disciplinary formations of both the life sciences and the humanities. It was shortlisted for the British Society of Literature and Science’s book prize, and was runner-up for the first book prize of the British Association for Romantic Studies. I am at work on a new book project: “The Ecology of Form,” which examines how Darwinian philosophy offers alternative models for ecology and the study of literary form.If you want to learn more about my work, visit my professional profile here.

 

Selected reviews of The Age of Analogy:

 

“A book of enormous erudition, especially for a first book. … Great books change how criticism does its business, this happens far more rarely than one might think.”

Wordsworth Circle. Review by Richard C. Shah. (Link)

“Expansive and enthralling …. Ambitious in its scope and vision and eloquently written, The Age of Analogy is a challenging and thought-provoking study that gives us new and enriching ways to read nineteenth-century intellectual history.”

Dickens Quarterly. Review by Iain Crawford. (Link)

“What is exhilarating about The Age of Analogy is its bold insistence upon the utility of imaginative literary form as an active agent in science, with the power not only to reflect knowledge of the world but to add to it as well.”

Literature & History. Review by Will Abberley. (Link)

The Age of Analogy promises to transform our understanding of literary and scientific history in the Anthropocene. This is a big, challenging, eloquent book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Review by Jesse Oak Taylor(Link)