Dr Amy Milka

Dr Amy Milka
 Position ARC Postdoctoral Fellow
 Org Unit School of Humanities
 Email amy.milka@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4548
 Location Floor/Room 3 03 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Amy Milka is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ‘Change' program led by Professor David Lemmings. She received her BA in English and Related Literature at the University of York in 2008, where she went on to study for an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies in 2009, and a PhD in English, awarded in 2013. Her PhD thesis reconnects the ‘English Jacobin novel' with early French Jacobin principles. This is a wide-ranging study of print culture in English and French, from newspapers and periodicals to political pamphlets and broadsides, to the more traditionally ‘literary' productions of the period. The thesis presents political, cultural and social exchange as a uniting factor in all these fields of study, and attempts to make literary and historical methods work together to uncover the re-evaluate the influence of French Jacobinism on English literature.

    Amy was appointed Lecturer in Eighteenth Century English Literature at the University of York (2013-14), and Teaching Fellow in the School of English at the University of Sussex (2014-15). She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on many aspects of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture, including primitivism, representations of the city, and gender and sexuality. She is also interested in the digital humanities, and thinking about new digital research methods and approaches. She co-founded the University of York Digital Humanities Forum in 2013.

  • Research Interests

    Amy's research interests centre on the politics of exchange and transmission. She enjoys thinking about networks of communication, transaction and sympathy across different groups and cultures. She is interested in how ideas and emotions are transmitted, shared, and interpreted through text, and is particularly focused on the importance of language, and of linguistic community, in communicating ideas.

    In her PhD thesis, these ideas about exchange were pursued in the context of the French Revolution. French and English literature and print culture from this period remains one of her main research interests.

    Amy is currently working on a new project for the Centre for the History of Emotions alongside Professor David Lemmings. Titled 'Professors of Feeling: Emotion and the English Criminal Courts, 1700-1830', this project considers the way that legal professionals, participants in, and spectators of, criminal trials manifested and represented emotion. It will think about how emotion was represented and transmitted through performance, rhetoric and print culture, and what effect this had on the representation of criminality in the eighteenth century.  You can read more about this project on the CHE website by clicking here.


  • Publications


    Amy Milka and David Lemmings, “Manipulating Emotions: Lawyerization, Performance and the Criminal Trial”, in the Research Handbook on Law and Emotion (Edward Elgar Press, forthcoming 2019).

       “‘Feeling for Forgers: Character, Sympathy and Financial Crime in London During the Late Eighteenth Century”, forthcoming with Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

     “Political Animals: Dogs and the Discourse of Rights in Late Eighteenth-Century Print Culture”, forthcoming in Romantic Textualities (2018).

     “Impostors: Performance, Emotion, and Genteel Criminality in Late Eighteenth-Century England”, Emotions: History, Culture, Society vol.1, no.2 (2017), 81-107.

    Amy Milka and David Lemmings, “Narratives of Feeling and Majesty: Mediated Emotions in the Eighteenth-Century Criminal Courtroom”, Journal of Legal History, vol.38, issue 2 (2017), pp.155-178.

      Next-Door Neighbours: The Contrast and Caricature in the early 1790s”, Skepsi, vol.5, issue 2 (Autumn 2013), pp.11-25.


     Manuscript in progress: Jacobin Feelings: Literature, Politics and Emotion in England and France, 1789-1799. 

    Book Reviews

     A. D. Cousins and Geoffrey Payne, eds., Home and Nation in British Literature from the English to the French Revolutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).  Forthcoming in the British Association for Romantic Studies Review, Spring 2017.

    Yasmin Solomonescu, John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination (Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).  Forthcoming in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


     Personal research blog: https://amymilka.wordpress.com/author/amymilka/

     Foundation Article, (2015) ‘Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it?', The Conversationhttps://theconversation.com/liveable-cities-who-decides-what-that-means-and-how-we-achieve-it-48825 , 27 October 2015. Collaboratively written with members of the Space, Cities and Emotions Research Cluster.

     Blog post: ‘Emotions and Media’, Histories of Emotion https://historiesofemotion.com/2016/03/04/emotions-and-media/ 4 March 2016.  Co-written with Abaigeal Warfield.

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