Sierra EckertTeaching Scholar 2018-2019English & Comparative Literature
Areas of Interest :19th-century British literature; the history of the novel; 18th- and 19th century social and political thought; history of the book; digital humanities; critical information studies
Sierra Eckert is PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University whose work focuses on the long history of the novel and its forms. Her dissertation, currently entitled The Victorian Novel and The Research Imagination, 1814-1914, traces the relationship between the literary form of Victorian fiction and the practices of research prevalent in the period, arguing that the emergence of techniques for conceptualizing the external world as "information" shaped the novel's key narrative techniques and reveal a nineteenth-century prehistory to debates about the social function of information. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A from Columbia University.