Madeline L. Zehnder

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 the 18th- and 19th-century Americas, book history, aesthetics, and material culture. My dissertation project, “Companion Forms: Portable Objects and the Intimacies of Circulation in Nineteenth-Century America,” 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”) that I helped curate appeared in the Rotunda dome room November 2019 through February 2020.