Dr Min Wild
Profiles

Dr Min Wild

Lecturer in English

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Role

Lecturer in English, and Postgrad Studies Co-ordinator

Qualifications

Min has a first degree in English Literature (first: hons.), a MA in Criticism and Theory (with distinction)
and a PHd from the University of Exeter.

Professional membership

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Teaching interests

Min teaches 'Rakes, Rascals and Rudeness', a second-year eighteenth-century module on eighteenth-century politeness (and its opposite), and a third-year module on the history and practice of satire, called 'Laughing Matters': in this we study literary name-calling from ancient Rome to Jonathan Pie. She also convened the first-year theory module for some years, and with her interest in rhetoric and philosophy, teaches the MA module 'Poetry and the Modern Self', beginning with Hobbes and the wicked Lord Rochester and heading towards twenty-first century neo-materialism and ecocriticism. Min is happy to be contacted about the supervision of doctoral study in eighteenth-century print culture and literature from high to low. She is also keen to supervise work on significant intersections between philosophy and literature, in any era from the early modern to the present day.

Research interests

Min researches in the eighteenth century, with special interests in periodicals and print culture, in satire, and in criticism. Her monograph, published by Ashgate in 2008, is a study of The Midwife, Christopher Smart's irreverent magazine of 1750-1753, in which the poet takes on the persona of a critical and opinionated elderly lady called Mrs Mary Midnight.

She is also, though, interested in the workings of rhetoric: under this heading comes the tradition of learned wit, and also personification -- known to tie up tongues, since the Greek word for it is 'prosopopoeia'...   Her long term research is about the phenomenon she calls 'making words human', when words and texts get personified, and discussed as though they were human, from classical Greece to the present day. She is still working in the eighteenth century too, and a chapter is forthcoming on Christopher Smart's quarrel with a rival magazine writer, 'Sir' John Hill-- the book about him is due out soon. Her latest article is on a rich conjunction of literature and geography, where Mrs Midnight introduces a map of Europe in the shape of an 'Old Woman'--not a fantasy map, but a real one. Min is happy to be contacted about the supervision of doctoral study in eighteenth-century print culture and literature from high to low. She is also keen to supervise work on significant intersections between philosophy and literature, in any era from the early modern to the present day

Research groups

  • Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA)
  • English and Creative Writing

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Wild M 2012 'The eighteenth century: Ideas, objects, objections' FEMINIST THEORY 13, (3) 337-343 Author Site , DOI
Wild M 2010 'Making Words Human' ESSAYS IN CRITICISM 60, (4) 299-317 Author Site , DOI
Wild M 2005 '"The Bottom of All Things": Christopher Smart's Old Crone of Criticism' 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 15, 271-292
Wild M 2004 '' “The Elation of Objects": Adorno and Wyndham Lewis’ Tarr.'' Wyndham Lewis Annual XI, 2004., 18-31
Wild M 2004 '‘Alexander the Great and the "Terrible Old Lady": Revisiting Christopher Smart’s Midwife.’' British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 27:2 (2004) (2 (2004)) 279-292
Wild M 1998 '“‘Prodigious Wisdom’: Civic Humanism in Frances Brooke’s _Old Maid_.”' Women's Writing 5:3 (1998) 421-425
Books
Smallwood P 2014 Ridiculous Critics: Augustan Mockery of Critical Judgement.
Wild G 2013 Reading Christopher Smart in the Twenty-First Century: 'Tis by Succession of Delight'. Bucknell University Press
Wild M 2008 Christopher Smart and Satire. Ashgate Pub Co
Conference Papers
Wild M 0 ''Tis by Succession of Delight': A Colloquium on the Words and Times of Christopher Smart' 'Tis by Succession of Delight': A Colloquium on the Words and Times of Christopher Smart University of Plymouth 14/09/2010 15/09/2010
Performances
Wild G 20130401 0 Julie Peakman, Amatory Pleasures: Explorations in Eighteenth-Century Sexual Culture (Bloomsbury) in Times Literary Supplement, 13th October 2016. (400 words) Mark Davies, King of all Balloons: the adventurous life of James Sadler, the first English aeronaut (Amberley) in Times Literary Supplement, July 22nd 2016. Norma Clarke, Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub St., Harvard University Press (3,000 words: second lead article) in Times Literary Supplement, 20th May 2016. Lynda Mugglestone, Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words, Oxford University Press (800 words) in Times Literary Supplement, 12th February 2016. Margaret Doody, Jane Austen’s Names, U of Chicago P (1,600 words) in Times Literary Supplement, 2nd October 2015. Janet Todd, The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, second edition, 2015 (400 words) in Times Literary Supplement, June 5th 2015. Richard M. Ward, Print Culture, Crime and Justice in 18th-Century London, London: Bloomsbury, 2014 (400 words) in Times Literary Supplement, Jan 30th 2015 The Collected Works of Ann Yearsley (three vols.), Pickering and Chatto (1,600 words): Times Literary Supplement, May 23rd 2014. William Hayley (1745-1820): Poet, Biographer, and Libertarian: A Reassessment., ed. Paul Foster, with Diana Barsham: William Hayley (1745-1820): England’s Lost Laureate: Selected Poetry, ed. Paul Foster, with Diana Barsham (1,000 words): Times Literary Supplement, October 11th 2013. Raspe, Rudolf Erich, The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Melville House, Times Literary Supplement April 2013.

Other academic activities

REVIEWS FOR THE _TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT_ SINCE 2013: Julie Peakman, Amatory Pleasures: Explorations in Eighteenth-Century Sexual Culture (Bloomsbury) in Times Literary Supplement, 13th October 2016. (400 words) Mark Davies, King of all Balloons: the adventurous life of James Sadler, the first English aeronaut (Amberley) in Times Literary Supplement, July 22nd 2016. Norma Clarke, Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub St., Harvard University Press (3,000 words: second lead article) in Times Literary Supplement, 20th May 2016. Lynda Mugglestone, Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words, Oxford University Press (800 words) in Times Literary Supplement, 12th February 2016. Margaret Doody, Jane Austen’s Names, U of Chicago P (1,600 words) in Times Literary Supplement, 2nd October 2015. Janet Todd, The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, second edition, 2015 (400 words) in Times Literary Supplement, June 5th 2015. Richard M. Ward, Print Culture, Crime and Justice in 18th-Century London, London: Bloomsbury, 2014 (400 words) in Times Literary Supplement, Jan 30th 2015 The Collected Works of Ann Yearsley (three vols.), Pickering and Chatto (1,600 words): Times Literary Supplement, May 23rd 2014. William Hayley (1745-1820): Poet, Biographer, and Libertarian: A Reassessment., ed. Paul Foster, with Diana Barsham: William Hayley (1745-1820): England’s Lost Laureate: Selected Poetry, ed. Paul Foster, with Diana Barsham (1,000 words): Times Literary Supplement, October 11th 2013. Raspe, Rudolf Erich, The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Melville House, April 2013