Dr Marc Mierowsky

Title: Research Associate, The Correspondence of Daniel Defoe
Phone: (+44) 01782 734597
Email: M.B.Mierowsky@keele.ac.uk
Location: CM1.10
Contacting me: By email

Before coming to Keele in September 2017, I held a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where I completed my PhD. For my doctorate I examined the advent of popular sovereignty in later Stuart Britain. My dissertation looked in particular at the relationship between abstract conceptions of ‘the people’ and the people as they existed in everyday life, with specific focus on the consequences for political thought and governmental practice as that relationship shaped, and was shaped by, literary culture from the time of the Restoration down to the reign of Queen Anne.  So far, this research has been published in The Seventeenth Century and Notes and Queries.

More broadly, my work deals with seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history, with an emphasis on questions of sovereignty, constitutionality, common sense philosophy and theories of intersubjectivity. Writers of particular interest include: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, Lord Rochester, Aphra Behn, Jane Barker, and Daniel Defoe.

I am currently the Research Associate on the AHRC funded Correspondence of Daniel Defoe project.  This work dovetails with my primary research interest in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history. Along with the edition of the correspondence, I am working on a monograph based on my PhD research, provisionally titled Governing Experience: A History of the People from Milton to Defoe.

I have a secondary research interest in comedy studies. With Debra Aarons (UNSW), I have published a series of articles on Jewish Comedy ('Obscenity, dirtiness and license in Jewish comedy,' Comedy Studies 5.2 (2014) and 'Public Conscience of "the Chosen People": Sarah Silverman in the Wake of Lenny Bruce', Comedy Studies 8.2 (2017)). Our current work examines the history and practice of stand-up comedy through the optic of Speech Act theory.