The Sway of the Ottoman Empire on English Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century. Studies in Intellectual History. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2012


Within popular culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the intermingling of Islamic and English Protestant identity was a recurring topic of debate and anxiety in the English cultural imagination. Examining the shifting representations from Early Modern Era to nineteenth-century concepts of race, nation and empire, Sway presents the eighteenth century as a turning point in public perceptions, the moments when English subjects began to believe British imperial power was a reality rather than an aspiration. 

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Edited Volume

Hüttler, Michael, Emily MN Kugler and H. E. Weidinger, Co-Editors. Ottoman Empire And European Theatre. Vol. III: Images Of The Harem In Literature And Theatre. Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag, 2015 (Ottomania 5).

Book Chapters

Kugler, Emily MN. “Playing the Sultana: Erotic Capital and Commerce in Defoe’s Roxana.” In Ottoman Empire and European Theatre Vol. IV – Images of the Harem in Literature and Theatre. A Commemoration of the Bicentenary of Lord Byron’s Sojourn in the Ottoman Capital (1810). Ottomania 6. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2015 (forthcoming).

Hüttler, Michael, Emily MN Kugler and H. E. Weidinger, Co-Authors.  “Editorial/Introduction.” Ottoman Empire and European Theatre Vol. IV – Images of the Harem in Literature and Theatre. A Commemoration of the Bicentenary of Lord Byron’s Sojourn in the Ottoman Capital (1810). Ottomania 6. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2015 (forthcoming).

Kugler, Emily MN“Loving the Unstable Text and Times of Equiano’s Narrative: Using Carretta’s Biography in the Classroom.” In Teaching Olaudah Equiano's Narrative: Pedagogical Strategies and New PerspectivesEdited by Eric D. Lamore. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2012: 119-136.

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kugler, Emily MN“Imagining Insular Empire in Samuel Baker's Written on the Water” for The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. 54: Supplement (2013).  

Kugler, Emily MN. "Madame de La Fayette." The Literary Encyclopedia. Web. First published 07 April 2012 

Additional  Scholarly Contributions

FemTechNet White Paper Revision Committee. “We Are FemTechNet.” FemTechNet. Manifesto. August 2014.

Kugler, Emily MN."Writing for Wadewitz: Tribute Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons for Adrianne Wadewitz." HASTACHumanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. Blog Post. 20 May 2014.

Kugler, Emily MN. “Chapter Five: ‘Popping Sorrow’: Loss and the Transformation of Servitude.Collaborative Reading of Simon Gikandi’s Slavery and The Culture of Taste. The Long Eighteenth.  Blog Post. 17 May 2013. 


Current Projects

Book Projects

Reading Race, Speaking Empire, Writing Home: Women’s Representations of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World. This book focuses on texts that in their moment of production, challenge models of identity based upon nation or empire, in favor of a globalized self that operates in trans- or extra-national networks. Yet in order to be published and to continue to be circulated to readers, their critiques of empire—some of which offer new imperial models rather than call for an end of empire—must be reinscribed into the narratives of identity and empire they challenge. This book complicates distinctions between colonizer and colonized, settler and indigenous, by historically expanding the Anglophone literary archive to bring together voices that challenge mainstream narratives of a colonial past and critiques the neocolonial networks that continue to shape (or suppress) these histories.

 Under Review

Encyclopedia entry on The Kinsman of Mahomet; or, Memoirs of a French Slave During his Eight Years Captivity in Constantinople (1774) for Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. 

Edited Projects in Progress

Proposal for a Co-Edited Volume. Silk Roads to Modernity with Dr. Samara Cahill (Nanyang Technical University) on reframing 18th-Century Studies in terms of the Ottomans, Southeast Asian, and East Asia. This work is based on conference panels we have organized at past meetings of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS ).

Proposal for Co-Edited Special Issue of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 on Camp in the 18th Century with Dr. Ula Klein (University of Texas International). This based on a panel/workshop we organized at a past meeting of ASECS.

 Articles in Progress

  • “The Three Lives of Mary Prince: Imagining Authorship in Nineteenth-Century Abolitionist and Twentieth- Century Academic Print Networks”
  • “Cartography of a Little White Attic: Mansfield Park’s Visions of Imperial Morality in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Worlds”
  • “Voices in the South African Archive: Recovering and Representing the Female Slave Narrative in André Brink’s Philda (2012)

Chapters in Progress

Chapter. The Future of Feminist Eighteenth-Century Scholarship: Beyond Recovery. Ed. Robin Runia (Xavier University). Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature. Routledge. (Chapter Submitted March 2017).

Digital Projects in Progress

Exotic Domesticities: Labor, Luxury, and Global Slavery in Imperial British Trade. 

Intended as a working version and eventual online supplement to the two book projects, it will serve as an online database of my archival research on trade routes of luxury goods and slaves in the Transatlantic and Mediterranean.  In addition to recording data in terms of people, places, books, objects, and money for trade circuits involving slave economies, it currently looks at how information circulated through abolitionist networks. I In addition to working papers, it will include maps of networks of individuals and their national imperial counterparts, as well as the imagined networks of domestic fiction and political ideology. 


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