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Allison Muri

Allison Muri

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Saskatchewan)

Associate Professor

Office: Arts 418
Phone: 306-966-5503

Teaching & Supervision

2013-2014 Courses

ENG 307 Digital Literature and New Media (T1)

INCC 210 Digital Communication and Design: 
Introduction to Methods & Applications (T1) 

INCC 401 Digital Culture and New Media Capstone Collaborative Design Project (T2)

ENG 843 (02) Topics in Genres and Contexts: Information Architectures: New Media & The Humanities (T2)

Graduate Supervision and Research

James Yeku, PhD dissertation in progress, on "Politics and Performative Identities in Nigerian Social Media Texts."

Jade McDougall, PhD dissertation in progress, on "Indigenous Punk Texts: Identity, Community, Resistance" (co-supervisor, Nancy Van Styvendale).

Mari-Lou Rowley, Interdisciplinary PhD dissertation in progress, on "Technologies-R-Us: The Effects of Digital Media on Psychological and Social Developrnent, Empathy and the Brain" (co-supervisor, Sadeq Rahimi, Archaeology and Anthropology). Mari-Lou was awarded a SSHRC to pursue her PhD in April 2013.

Benjamin Neudorf, MA project paper, and RA for the Grub Street Project. Ben was awarded a SSHRC to pursue his MA in April 2013.

Catherine Nygren, RA for the Grub Street Project. Catherine was awarded a SSHRC to pursue her PhD in April 2013.

Craig Harkema, MA project paper: "A Site for Scholarly Primitives: Exploring the Digital Library Interface," March 2012. Craig is now the Digital Projects Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan.

Meshon Cantrill, MA thesis: "Who has not trembled at the Mohocks' name?": Narratives of Control and Resistance in the Press in Early Eighteenth-Century London," January 2012. Meshon was awarded a SSHRC to pursue his PhD in May 2012.

Joel Salt, MA project paper: "Terræ Incognitæ as Ego Incognita: Mapping Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater," September 2010.

Joel Stevenson, MA project paper: “To Live and Die on Tranquility Lane: The Participatory Narrative and Satire of Fallout 3," September 2010.

Jordan Jackson, MA thesis: "On Perspectives and Ergodics: Video Games as Literature" (2008-9), defended September 2009.


Allison Muri's research interests can be described as investigating the history of book and print culture, and the theory and applications of digital texts and media, including the use of social media and many-to-many communications. Her book The Enlightenment Cyborg: A History of Communications and Control in the Human Machine, 1660–1830 (Toronto UP, 2007) focuses on representations of materialism and the man-machine in 18th-century texts to discern a history of the human machine trope. This research encompasses an inquiry into the history of cyborgs or present-day representations of humans as machines in literature, cultural studies, and science and medicine. Currently, her research focuses on the literary topographies of 18th-century London as the history of communications networks and the representations thereof in literature: her current research project, The Grub Street Project, is a digital work in progress that aims to map these relationships using 17th- and 18th-century maps of the city, most notably Strype (1720) and Horwood (1799). This research encompasses an inquiry into the history of communications and print culture, as well as the present-day theory and practice of digital scholarship.


Forthcoming: “Of Words and Things: Image, Page, Text, and The Rape of the Lock.” In Anniversary Essays on Alexander Pope’s Rape of the Lock, ed. Donald W. Nichol. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 59 pp. (27 pp. text and 32 pp. figures). 

"Twenty Years After the Death of the Book: Literature, the Humanities, and the Knowledge Economy." English Studies in Canada 38.1 (March 2012): 115-140.

“Wczesnonowożytne ludzkie MAszyny.” [“The Early Modern Human Machine.”] Autoportret 3 (38). Małopolska Culture Institute (Cracow, Poland): 25-29.

With Joel E. Salt and Ronald Wayne Cooley. "Electronic Scholarly Editing in the University Classroom: an Approach to Project-based Learning." Le champ numérique 3.1 (2012).

"Teaching the History and Future of the Book." Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART) 19.1 (Spring 2012): 39-74.

"Mechanics of the Human Walking Apparatus, Wilhelm Eduard Weber and Eduard  Weber." Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, ed. Michael Sappol. Bethesda, Maryland: National Library of Medicine; New York: Blast Books, 2012. 154-5.

"Graphs, Maps, and Digital Topographies: Visualizing The Dunciad as Heterotopia." Lumen 30 (2011): 79-98.

"Digital Natives or Digital Strangers? Teaching the Eighteenth Century Online, from Ctrl-F to Digital Editions." Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries 2.1 (Fall 2010).

The Grub Street Project: Imagining Futures in Scholarly Editing." Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come. Proceedings of the Mellon Foundation Online Humanities Conference at the University of Virginia March 26-28, 2010. Ed. Jerome McGann, with Andrew Stauffer, Dana Wheeles, and Michael Pickard. Houston, TX: Rice University Press, 2010. 25-58.

Imagining Reproduction: The Politics of Reproduction, Technology and the Woman Machine.” Journal of Medical Humanities 31.1 (March, 2010): 53-67.

“The Technology and Future of the Book: What a Digital ‘Grub Street’ Can Tell us About Communications, Commerce, and Creativity,” in Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book: Writers and Publishers in England, 1650–1800, ed. Laura Runge and Pat Rogers (University of Delaware Press, 2009), 235-50.

The Enlightenment Cyborg: A History of Communications and Control in the Human Machine, 1660–1830. University of Toronto Press, 2007. Shortlisted for the Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best ASPP-funded English-language book in the Humanities in Canada.

“Enlightenment Cybernetics: Communications and Control in the Man-Machine.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 49.2 (Summer 2008): 141-63.

Traversing the Territories: When Humanists Engage with Biotechnology and Technoscience.” Review Essay. New Media & Society 9.5. (2007): 871-9.

Virtually Human: the Electronic Page, the Archived Body, and Human Identity.” Chapter in The Future of the Page. Ed. Peter Stoicheff and Andrew Taylor (Toronto: University of Toronto Press "Book and Print Culture" series, 2004), 231-54.

Of Shit and the Soul: Tropes of Cybernetic Disembodiment.” Body & Society 9.3 (2003): 73–92.

Scholarly digital projects and web design:

The Grub Street Project (in progress). Director and designer.

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies / Société canadienne d'étude du dix-huitième siècle website (2010). Graphic and user-interface design, markup.

Imagining Reproduction in Science and History workshop archive (2007). Ed. Raymond Stephanson and Roger Pierson. Graphic and user-interface design, markup.

Hypertext of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1998). Ed. Peter Stoicheff. Graphic design and user-interface design, html markup.

Anna Laetitia Aikin’s Poems (1773)  (1999). Ed. and designed by Lisa Vargo and Allison Muri. A Romantic Circles Edition. Ed. Neil Fraistat, Steven E. Jones, and Carl Stahmer.

Anna Laetitia Barbauld Website (1998). Graphic design and user-interface design, html markup.