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Curriculum Vitae

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William M. Hall


Department of English                                                                        1311 South 1880 East

4104 JFSB                                                                                         Spanish Fork, UT, 84097

Brigham Young University                                                                 (805) 636-1262 (cell)

Provo, UT 84602                                                                      

(801) 422-8480


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 2013-Present

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 2010-2013

Graduate Instructor, University of California Santa Barbara, 2003-2010


Ph.D., English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2010

M.A., English Literature, Brigham Young University, 2003

B.A., English Literature with a Minor in Philosophy, Brigham Young University, 2001

Firefighter I, EMT, Oxnard College of Fire Science and Technology, 1998

A.A., Moorpark College, 1993



The Enlightenment Engine: Aesthetics, Technology, and Pure Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century

Committee: Alan Liu and William Warner (co-chairs), Elizabeth Cook, Matthew Wickman


Research and Teaching Interests

Digital Humanities

Long Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Romanticism

Literary Theory and Criticism

Intellectual History

Enlightenment Studies

History and Theories of Technology

History of Aesthetics

Media Studies

 Fellowships, Awards & Honors

Office of Research and Creative Activities Mentoring Grant (ORCA) (2013-2014)

Early Modern Center Fellow, 2009-2010

Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, UCSB, 2009 (summer)

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UCSB, 2008-2009

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Collaboration Project Award, UCSB, 2008

Summer Teaching Fellowship, BYU, 2008

William and Marjorie Frost Memorial Award for Scholarly Writing, UCSB, 2005

Yvonne Gartrell Memorial Scholarship, UCSB, 2003

Ed M. and Minnie Berry Rowe Award for Excellence in Teaching, BYU, 2001



William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes (1809, 1834) Technical editor. Nicholas Mason and

Paul Westover Content Eds., Romantic Circles Electronic Editions (2015)

“Technofacts: Christopher Smart and the Curiosity Cabinet,” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era (accepted 2016)


Articles Currently Under Peer Review

William Collins’s Incomplete Project, or Enlightenment Poetry and New Media Poetics,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (under second review)


Digital Humanities Projects

Eighteenth-century Poetry Themes and Genres Database (ORCA funded student mentoring project) online:

The Lyric Poetry Project (research journal and sample data visualizations for article series on macroanalysis and eighteenth-century poetry) online:

Conference Presentations

“The Lyric Poetry Project” Wasatch Romantic and Eighteenth-Century Studies Symposium, Provo,  UT, 2014

“Embodiment?: Aesthetics, Techné, and the Eighteenth-Century” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, San Antonio, TX, 2012

“So What is an Enlightenment Poem?: Techne, Aesthetics, and William Collins’s ‘Manners: An Ode’” Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Decatur, GA, 2012

“Aesthetic Knowledge: Epistemological Anxiety in William Collins’s ‘Manners: An Ode,’”

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Albuquerque, NM, 2010.

“Aesthetic Resistance: The Philosophy of Technology and Poetic Things in the Eighteenth

Century,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Portland, OR, 2008.

“Modeling, Simulating, and Mediating: Poetic Technology for Distance Reading Poetry,”

Roundtable, “On the Screen and On the Page: Poetry, Canonicity, Technology,” American

Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Portland, OR, 2008.


Respondent to Maureen Quilligan’s “Rereading the Black Legend: Racing the Atlantic Slave

Trade” and Lynn Festa’s “Kin, Kind, Slave: Human Difference and Anti-slavery Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” UCSB Fall Colloquium on Slavery and Abolition, 2007.


“‘O Lovely Queen of Mirth and Ease’: Health, Imagination, and Poetic Bodies in the ‘School of

Milton’,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, 2007.


“The Specter of Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics in Paul de Man,” Consortium for Literature, Theory,

and Culture, UCSB, CA, 2006.


“Eighteenth-Century Avant-Garde?” Brigham Young University Graduate Student Symposium,

Provo, UT, 2003.

“Gothic Experience and Sublime Returns,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Huntington Library, CA, 2003.


“Black Aesthetics/White Aesthetics: The Negative Dialectics of ‘Jes Grew’ in Ishmael Reed,”

West Virginia University Colloquium on Race and Racism in Literature and Film, Morgantown, WV, 2002.


“A Return to de Man’s Retreat from Burke,” Brigham Young University Graduate Student

Symposium, Provo, UT, 2002.


“Paul de Man’s Retreat from Burke,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Chapman

University, Orange, CA, 2002.

 Professional Workshops (week long topic instruction and presentations of my work)

“Stylometry with R” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 2015

“Data Mining for the Humanities” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 2014

Teaching and Mentoring

Courses Taught

English 621: Eighteenth-Century Poetry and Aesthetics (taught once)

English 495: Lyrical Enlightenment (taught once)

English 452: Contemporary Literary Theory and Criticism (taught twice)

English 451: History of Literary Theory and Criticism (taught once)

English 373: British Literature: 1660-1789 (taught twice)

English 291: British Literary History I (taught five times)

MA Thesis Committee

Reader      Laura J. Randle. “Hiraeth.” Masters Thesis. March 2015. (Chris Crowe, Chair)

ORCA Grant Mentoring

2013-2014 Matthew Wickman, Brittany Strobelt, and Kylan Rice, “Big Humanities, Big Data: Genre Analysis of Eighteenth-Century British Poetry”

MEG Grant Mentoring

2010-2011 Nick Mason, Paul Westover, Shannon Stimpson, Rachel Wise, and Emily Young, “Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes”



English 291 Course Coordinator 2013-present


Moderator for “Lyric theory and the Devotional Tradition.” Illuminating the Word: The Devotional Tradition and the Future of Poetry. Brigham Young University, November 2014.

Chair/Moderator “Theory I: The Reader, Philosophy, and Art.” Beauty and Belief. Brigham Young University, November 2015.

Member Romantic Victorian Studies Group 2010-present


Committee member of DHU1: Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities

 Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Southeastern Society for Eighteenth Century Studies