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Department of English Language and Literature


Rachel Mann

Title: Instructor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: HOB 421
Rachel Mann


Ph.D. in Literature, University of South Carolina, 2019 
M.A. in Literature, San Francisco State University, 2012 
B.A. in Communication, University of North Dakota, 2006 

Courses (Undergraduate) 

SPCH 213 Communicating Moral Issues 
SPCH 145 Online Public Communication 
SAEL 200 Social Advocacy and Ethical Life 

Areas of Specialization 

Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century British Literature 
History of Science 
Digital Humanities 


   • co-ed., Poems by a Lady, by Helen Craik. The Beinecke Manuscript. Edited by Rachel Mann and Patrick Scott. (Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2023).

  The poetry of Helen Craik (1751-1825), Gothic novelist and friend of Robert Burns, was long thought lost. The rediscovery of her manuscript Poems of a Lady (1790), transcribed and annotated for the first time, invites a fresh evaluation of her life and work. From short satires and verse-letters to longer dramatic monologues of psychological introspection, these thirty-nine poems offer an invaluable insight into her social circle in the Dumfries area and her wide literary interests, demonstrating the distinctive imagination later seen in Craik’s novels. The introduction, written by Rachel Mann and Patrick Scott, discusses Craik’s biography and the major themes in her work, casting new light on why, two years after finishing these poems, she suddenly left home and family. With full notes on each poem’s background, and additional source material, this volume adds significantly to Craik scholarship and to the critical reassessment of poetry by Scottish women in the Romantic era.  

   • “New Science, Distant Reading, and Distance as Intersubjectivity.” Hemispheres and Stratospheres: The Idea and Experience of Distance in the International Enlightenment, edited by Kevin Cope. Bucknell Univ. Press, 2021, 149-170. 
   • “Distant Reading the Body, 1640-1699.” Lead author with Michael Gavin. Review of English Studies, vol. 70, 2019, pp. 681-701. 
   • “Paid to Do but Not to Think: Re-evaluating the Role of Graduate Student Collaborators.” Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by M. K. Gold and Lauren Klein. Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2019, 268-278. 
   • “Jane Barker, Manuscript Culture, and the Epistemology of the Microscope.” Eighteenth- Century Life, vol. 43, 2019, pp. 50-75. 
   • “Jane Welsh Carlyle’s Social Network and the Lexical Construction of ‘Home.’” Co-authored with Travis Mullen. Carlyle Studies Annual, vol. 31, 2015, pp. 145-158. 
   • The Collected Poems of Gavin Turnbull Online, edited by Patrick Scott, John Knox, and Rachel Mann. Center for Digital Humanities at USC (Summer 2015). 

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