I am pleased to announce that Professor John Gardner has won a Leverhulme Fellowship. The initial details of this are below. Updates on his project will follow.
My Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, ‘Turning the Screw: Literature, Technology and Culture’, begins on 1 February 2020. This interdisciplinary project analyses how engineering and literature engaged from the invention of the screwcutting lathe in 1798 until the Great Exhibition of 1851 when the results of experimentation, replication, and standardisation were showcased. My research examines the debt these beginnings of the modern world owe to labouring and literary cultures. My argument is that literary forms and standards influenced engineering and, in turn, engineering influenced literature. The Leverhulme Trust have enabled me to analyse links between engineering and literary cultures with this fellowship.