Fiona Coll

Assistant Professor


Contact

315 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2630
fiona.coll@oswego.edu

Office hours

SPRING 2019
Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00
or by appointment 

 

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

FALL 2019 COURSES

ENG 220/800 TR 12:45-2:05 306 Marano CC
ENG 322/800 TR 2:20-3:40 306 Marano CC
ENG 522/800 TR 2:20-3:40 306 Marano CC

ENG 220 MODERN CULTURE AND MEDIA-“The Meaning of Monsters.” In this section of ENG 220, we will analyze a variety of cultural forms that share an interest in examining what it means to be human. Using Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. (1920), Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005), and Daryl Gregory’s Raising Stony Mayhall (2011) as anchor texts, we will explore how humanist notions of embodiment, affect, and political subjectivity are questioned and complicated in stories about almost-humans. We will also read theoretical works that challenge humanist ideas from a group of perspectives that have come to be called posthumanist. 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 322/522 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