Kevin MacDonnell

Kevin MacDonnell

Assistant Professor, Literature




PhD, Rice University

MA, St. John’s University

BA, Virginia Tech

Areas of Interest

Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Empire and Colonialism

Environmental Humanities

Science and Technology Studies

Courses Taught at Wake Forest


ENG 150 Literary Scientists

ENG 337 Black and Blue in the Literatures of Empire

Selected Publications


“Figuring Jettison in Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 35, no. 3 (2023), 331-353.

“Designing the Enlightenment Anthropocene.” In British Literature and Technology: 1600–1830. Eds. Aaron Hanlon and Kristin Girten. Lewisburg PA: Bucknell University Press (2023).

“Beneath Defoe’s Island: Imperial Geopolitics and the Inorganic Economy in Robinson Crusoe.” Philological Quarterly 99, no. 1 (2020), 1-24.

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