Rebecca Tierney-Hynes

Lecturer

Background

Rebecca Tierney-Hynes studied at the University of Toronto (PhD), and taught at Suffolk University and the University of Waterloo before coming to Edinburgh in 2017. Her publications include a book, Novel Minds (Palgrave 2012), and articles on fiction, drama and eighteenth-century culture.

Undergraduate teaching

The Queer Eighteenth Century

Subjectivity, Modernity and the Novel

Early Modern Tragedy

Early Modern Comedy

The Novel in the Romantic Period

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

Rebecca is happy to entertain proposals in any area of eighteenth-century literature and culture. She particularly welcomes projects on fiction or drama before 1780, and on eighteenth-century intellectual history. 

Past PhD students supervised

Kyle Malashewski - University of Waterloo PhD 2017

Research summary

Rebecca specialises in eighteenth-century fiction, drama and literary criticism. She is primarily interested in eighteenth-century theories of spectatorship and histories of emotion. 

Current research interests

At the moment, she is working on a second book, tentatively called ‘Comedy and the Invention of Sympathy, 1660-1737.' In this book, she explores the way eighteenth-century comic playwrights and literary critics seize upon and rework empiricist notions of self-making in ways that ultimately allow us to see how our attachments to comic objects produce the mimetic emotions that define sympathy. She is also developing a new project on eighteenth-century tragedy, the passions and the ethics of passivity.

Past research interests

Rebecca has published on fiction and ideas about absorptive reading in empiricist philosophy, comedy and political economy, and tragedy and the ethics of spectatorship.

Knowledge exchange

Funded projects have included a fellowhip with the Centre for the History of Emotions in Australia and an Insight Grant, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for research on comedy and emotion. 

Research activities

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Past project grants

Funny Feelings: Eighteenth-Century Comedy and the History of Emotion - SSHRC Insight Grant 2017-2020 - Declined
The Afterlife of Genre - Early Career International Research Fellowship - ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion Jan-Mar 2016

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