Thora Brylowe is a scholar of British Romanticism and print history. Her current project examines a group of professional printers, authors, editors, painters and engravers, who worked in and around London during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is interested in the labor that went into making and mediating Romantic-era literature and visual and decorative art. Print circulation led to debates about what representations belonged in the national canon. A powerful group of antiquarians thought that classical art should govern contemporary production. They exerted pressure on working artists, who sought to avoid this interference by solidifying their identification with literary authorship. Brylowe is also working on a book project that examines the shift from linen to cotton paper and the trade and labor ramifications of that shift. The book will use paper's recyclability as a means to theorize a relationship between media ecology and earth's ecology.
british romanticism, british 18th century studies, history of the book, print culture studies, visual studies, word image theory, institutional histories, labor history, history of paper, working class studies