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Dr Michael Meeuwis

Assistant Professor

Credit to A. Sonek-Weinert


Room H529
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


I write about English literature, political theory, and theories of performance. Everyone's Theatre: Literature and Daily Life in England, 1860-1914, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. This book reconstructs the mass popular theater of England in the later part of the nineteenth century, basing around it a cohesive media theory of later-Victorian personhood and politics. I'm currently finishing a second manuscript, tentatively entitled We Want What You Have: Middle-Class Adventures on the London Stage, which describes recent plays (ca. summer 2017) in terms of life and politics in contemporary London. A new project, Performing Novels, reconsiders the textual and philosophical history of the novel, from its eighteenth-century origins to the present day, in light of the phenomenon of novels read out loud as well as read in private.

Research interests

I'm a performance historian of the British eighteenth through twenty-first centuries. My first manuscript discussed performance in Britain and its empire during the later Victorian and Edwardian periods. I'm currently moving forward to discuss contemporary performance in London, and backwards to consider the epistemological history of performance and novels in the eighteenth century.

As a new experiment in academic writing in alternative venues, I maintain an informal theatregoing blog. The blog's gone quiet while I finish up the second book; in the manner of all blog projects, it'll be resurrected soon.

Teaching and supervision

In 2018-19, I will be teaching in Epic into Novel and Eighteenth-Century Literature. I will also be convening a new module, Austen in Theory. I welcome proposals for undergraduate or postgraduate theses discussing nineteenth-century literature, performance studies and drama, and liberal political theory's relationship to literature.


  • Everyone's Theater: Daily Life and Literature in England, 1860-1914 (forthcoming 2019, University of Michigan Press)
  • "Full Content: Shaw's Paratexts, Social Liberalism, and Harmonization," forthcoming in The Entangled Careers of Liberalism and Literature (edited collection, University of Toronto Press)
  • "Herbert Spencer, Gerard Hopkins, and the Force of Poetic Expression,” Modern Philology, Volume 113, no. 2, November 2015
  • “Representative Government: The ‘Problem Play,’ Quotidian Culture, and the Making of Social Liberalism,” English Literary History (ELH), Volume 80, Number 4, Winter 2013
  • “‘The Theatre Royal Back Drawing-Room:’ Professionalizing Domestic Entertainment in Victorian Acting Manuals,” Victorian Studies 54 (Spring 2012).
  • “Living the Dream: The Golden Bowl and Benjamin’s Arcades Project,” The Henry James Review 27 (Winter 2006).


  • BA (Toronto)
  • MA (Rice)
  • PhD (University of Chicago)

Office hours 2018-19

Autumn term: Wednesdays 4-5 and Thursdays 11-12. No office hours reading week.

Winter term: office hours TBD.

Summer term: TBD.


Undergraduate modules

Epic into Novel

Eighteenth-Century Literature

Austen in Theory

Postgraduate modules