Literature: eighteenth-century British literature; history of the novel
Miruna Stanica is an assistant professor in the English department. She specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, and the history and theory of the novel. Her latest book, titled Movable Goods and the Novel before Realism, argues for the centrality of representations of movable goods to the formal and conceptual experiments of the early novel, and for the parallel centrality of the novel to eighteenth-century culture's conception of movable goods. Portable goods figure classes of characters who are not traditionally thought of as property owners, such as women, slaves, and the underclass. The project traces how, in the novels of authors ranging from Daniel Defoe to Ann Radcliffe, portable objects figure mobility and advance plot, rather than merely contributing to setting. In addition, the project shows how eighteenth-century "it-stories," which trace the movement of inanimate objects, experiment with objective modes of narration that prepare for the realist novel's omniscient third person narration.
Her course offerings include 18th-century British literature and culture, the history of the novel, narrative theory, and the literature of sensibility. She received her PhD in English from Stanford University in 2008.