Fiona Coll

Assistant Professor


315 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2018
Tuesday & Wednesday
1:15 - 2:45
or by appointment 

Fall 2018 Schedule

Fiona Coll

Fiona Coll is Assistant Professor of Literature and Technology at SUNY Oswego. She is also Editor-in-Chief of The Floating Academy, an online collaboration of scholars who share interests in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Her research focuses on the intersections of literature, science, and technology; she is currently working on a monograph that explores how the automaton, a technological object that gave material form to fantasies of human exceptionalism, emerged as a discursive tool in nineteenth-century writing about the limits of human agency. Coll's published writing includes "'Just a singing-machine': The Making of an Automaton in George du Maurier's Trilby" and "The Victorian Automaton as Imaginary Prosthetic." Coll received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. 

Classes taught


ENG 322/800 TR 3:55-5:15 306 Marano CC
ENG 389/800 W 3:00-5:45 322 Marano CC
ENG 395/800 TR 11:10-12:30 206 Marano CC
ENG 522/800 TR 3:55-5:15 306 Marano CC

ENG 322/500 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL-The nineteenth century has often been described as the “golden age” of fiction, a time in which the novel form took on a shape and function that we now consider conventional. In this class, we will explore how the emergence of the novel in Britain in the nineteenth century both reflected and constructed ways of thinking about a world that was in the midst of enormous cultural, political, and material change. Through our reading of representative nineteenth-century novels, we will analyze narrative techniques, approaches to characterization and emplotment, the concept of the novel as a site for ethical engagement, and the changing aims of authors and readers across the century. Your work in this class will include discussion, staying current with your reading assignments, completing several short writing assignments and tests, and producing a research-based analytical paper


ENG 395 INTRO TO DIGITAL LITERARY STUDIES-We live in a digital age; our ways of knowing the world are frequently mediated by modern information technologies. How is literary study changing in this era? How are the questions we ask about texts evolving as digital technologies offer new ways of encountering, processing, and generating information? What modes of engagement with literature do digital technologies enable, and how do those modes resemble, reiterate, and resist more familiar, analog modes of critical reading?

In ENG 395: Introduction to Digital Literary Studies, you will learn about and test digital textual tools created by literary scholars; examine digital literary archives, editions, and methods; model, transform, map, and annotate texts using digital tools; develop a digital literary project; read wild, sea-faring tales; and discover how digital tools can supplement and enhance your critical reading of literature. No previous experience with computer programming required, but do bring an inquiring mind and an appetite for literary adventure.