Berkeley English Graduate Students

Imogen Forbes-Macphail

Imogen Forbes-Macphail

By Appointment
iforbes-macphail@berkeley.edu

Specialties


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Publications

"Topological Poetics: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Nineteenth-Century Mathematics, and the Principle of Continuity," ELH 88.1 (2021): 133-166. 

"Colours of the Dying Dolphin’: Nineteenth-Century Defences of Literature and Mathematics,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Mathematics, edited by Robert Tubbs, Alice Jenkins, and Nina Engelhardt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), pp. 473-792.

“‘I shall in due time be a poet’: Ada Lovelace's Poetical Science in its Literary Context,” in Ada's Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age, ed. by Andrew L. Russell and Robin Hammerman (New York: Association for Computing Machinery and Morgan and Claypool, 2015), pp. 143-168.

“‘Cinquefoil Token’: Infinitesimal Calculus and ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland,’” The Hopkins Quarterly 151.1–2 (2014): 39–52.

“The Enchantress of Numbers and the Magic Noose of Poetry: Literature, Mathematics and Mysticism in the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 60.3 (2013): 138–156.

 

Selected Conference Papers

“Descriptive Geometry, Projective Poetics: Nineteenth-Century Meter and Mathematics,” Historical Poetics Now, University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2019.

"Partition Theory and Poetic Form," North American Victorian Studies Association, Columbus, OH, 2019

“Mathematical Ekphrasis: Pre-Raphaelite Poetry and the Coordinate Plane,” Form Across Literature and the Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Aix-Marseille Université, France, 2019

"Vanishing Points: Christina Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite Perspective, and Geometry," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Dallas, TX, 2019 (recipient of the Susan Morgan Graduate Student Paper Prize)

"Time, Space, and Mathematical Ekphrasis," North American Victorian Studies Association, St. Petersburg, FL, 2018 (recipient of the Sally Mitchell Prize)

"Forms and Transformations in Mathematics and Literature," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Supernumerary Conference, Rome, Italy, 2018

"Topology and Literary Form," Form Across Literature and the Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Britain, UC Berkeley, 2018

"Counted Pulses: Time and Space in Pre-Raphaelite Poetry," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2018 (honorable mention, Susan Morgan Graduate Student Essay Prize)

"The Colors of the Dying Dolphin: Nineteenth-Century Defences of Literature and Mathematics, Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 2017

"The Analytical Engine and the Aeolian Harp," Ada Lovelace 200 Symposium: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ada Lovelace, University of Oxford, UK, 2015, http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/analytical-engine-and-aeolian-harp (invited talk)

"'A Sentimental Mathematical Correspondence': Ada Lovelace's Writing," Texts and Contexts: The Cultural Legacies of Ada Lovelace, University of Oxford, 2015

"'The Cipher of Suffering Christ': Mathematics in the Work of Gerard Manley Hopkins," Liberty and Limits (1789–1920), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2013

"The Enchantress of Numbers and the Magic Noose of Poetry: Literature, Mathematics and Mysticism in the Nineteenth Century," Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, University of Queensland, Australia, 2013 (recipient of the Sussex-Samuel Prize for Postgraduate Students)


English Department Classes