Fiona Coll

Assistant Professor


315 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2018

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

Spring 2018 Courses

ENG 102/820 TR 2:20-3:40 322 Marano CC
ENG 362/800 TR 12:45-2:05 323 Marano CC
ENG 395/810 TR 11:10-12:30 323 Marano CC
ENG 595/810 TR 11:10-12:30 323 Marano CC

ENG 102 COMPOSITION II-This course is designed to develop fundamental writing skills, emphasizing sentence, paragraph, and essay structure as well as standard American conventions of grammar, spelling and punctuation.

ENG 362 GENRE - HISTORY - THEORY-This course will introduce students to genre as a historical and social formation, analyzing the relationship between generic emergence and historical shifts in technologies of production and transmission as well as the economic conditions that lead to certain forms of publication and reading. It will serve as a primer in the history of the book and textual studies that will allow students to interrogate the material world of objects, economies, and bodies as it relates to the intellectual world of ideas, metaphor, and imagination. The course will involve an exploration of theories of genre, an interrogation of the way that form affects the meaning of a text, and case studies that address the affordances of old and new publishing technologies.

ENG 395/595 SS: MEDIEVALISM/MODERNITY-Medieval writers imagine modernity as a time of great promise and instability as methods and tools for producing knowledge multiplied, prompting questions about ethics and the limits of the human mind. Modern writers imagine the middle ages as a utopian world of artisanal flourishing and moral integrity, as a nightmarish site of irrationality, superstition, and menace, or as something in between. This course explores the ways that authors across what we now consider the “medieval” and “modern” eras—including Geoffrey Chaucer, William Morris, Alexander Pope, George Eliot, and others—imagined their own time in relation to past and future ages. Readings will be structured around concepts that may include the gothic, decadence, the animal, youth/age, secrecy/knowledge, and nature/artifice. By examining how authors both reinforced and challenged linear conceptions of time, this course will explore how literary visions of the past, present, and future play with time’s arrow in order to complicate how we think about progress.