Adriana Craciun


Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair


BA, University of Puget Sound
MA, PhD, University of California, Davis

Adriana Craciun specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with current research in Arctic humanities, exploration studies, science studies, historical geography, history of collecting, Enlightenment, history of the book and of authorship. Her most recent book, Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration (Cambridge UP, 2016), was shortlisted for the 2016 Kendrick Book Prize by the Society for Literature, Science & the Arts, and uncovers a rich textual and material archive of Arctic exploration culture from the 17th century through to our own era of renewed interest in exploration’s contentious legacies. She is also the author of Fatal Women of Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 2003) and British Women Writers and the French Revolution: Citizens of the World (Palgrave, 2005), which focused on women writers’ significant contributions to Romantic-era thinking on the body, gender, revolutionary politics, and cosmopolitanism. She is the editor of several essay collections and editions, most recently the volume The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences, co-edited with Simon Schaffer (2016), and the special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies on The Disorder of Things (2011), which explored how studying material culture and collecting transform our understandings of the Enlightenment and 18th-century studies.

She has published numerous essays in journals such as PMLA, New Literary History, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, European Romantic Review, Atlantic Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Before coming to BU, Craciun taught at the University of California-Riverside, the University of London, and the University of Nottingham, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Fulbright Program, and the National Maritime Museum (UK).

Current book-length projects include: Arctic Enlightenments, a study of botanical vitality, temporality, and collecting from the Enlightenment to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault; The Star Gazers: Astronomy, Poetry and Sexuality in 19th-Century Ireland; and Explorations, Encounters, and the Circulation of Knowledge in the Long 18th Century, forthcoming from Toronto UP and co-edited with Mary Terrall.