Shellie is a PhD student at the Faculty of English working on Romantic genre-mixing and referentiality in the long nineteenth century. Shellie examines lyric-narrative synthesis and patterns of inserted ‘conceptual fragments’ across types of hybrid prose and verse narratives to address issues of selfhood and broader critical debates about novel supremacy, lyric subsumption and genre (re)formation. Complemented by computational methods of text analysis, this research into the semiotics of genre perception seeks to understand—on a large scale—processes of associative sense-making and the unstable ideas of the generic (‘commonplace’) and otherwise.
As one of the Communications Fellows for the Keats-Shelley Association of America, Shellie has been responsible for designing a digital public engagement project/publication (the K-SAA Public Commonplace Book of Romantic Readers) that uses crowd-sourced inputs to create interactive ‘star charts’ (network graphs) for mapping global readerly networks as well as Romanticism’s lasting connections therein. Shellie will teach a Methods Workshop introducing the ancient yet evolving practices of commonplace-book keeping and the ‘modernised’ digital tools and methods for extracting, indexing, sustaining and networking knowledge fragments for idea generation.