Madeline Zehnder

At the Couvent des Ursulines, New Orleans, LA

I am a PhD candidate in the University of Virginia’s Department of English, where I focus on writing of the 18th- and 19th-century Americas, aesthetics, material culture, and book history. My dissertation project, “Companion Forms: Portable Objects and the Intimacies of Circulation in Nineteenth-Century American Culture,” has received support from several fellowships, including the Stephen Botein Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society and the Anthony N.B. and Beatrice Garvan Fellowship in American Material Culture at the Library Company of Philadelphia. My scholarly work has been published in American Literary History and New Literary History.

Together with Neal D. Curtis and Samuel V. Lemley, I co-edit the Rotunda Library Online, an open-access, searchable online database of every book shelved in the University of Virginia’s Rotunda Library when it opened in 1826. An accompanying art installation and exhibit (“Rotunda Planetarium”) curated by our team appeared in the Rotunda dome room November 2019 through February 2020.