Joanna M Picciotto

Associate Professor
D25F Hearst Field Annex
by appointment



Title Fields
Picciotto_labors Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England
17th-century intellectuals discovered their idealized self-image in the Adam who investigated, named, and commanded the creatures in Eden.  Reinvented as the agent of innocent curiosity, Adam was central to the project of redefining contemplation as a productive, public labor.  Picciotto argues that practical efforts to restore paradise generated the modern concept of objectivity and ....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England (Harvard University Press, 2010)

“The Public Person and the Play of Fact,”  Representations (forthcoming)

“Reforming the Garden: The Experimentalist Eden and Paradise Lost,” English Literary History 72 (1), Spring 2005

"Scientific Investigations" in A Concise Companion to Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, ed. Cynthia Wall (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)

"\nOptical Instruments and the 18th-century Observer," Eighteenth-Century Studies 29 2000

Current Research

Professor Picciotto also works on literature and science.

Recent English Courses Taught