Michael Verderame

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I am a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I specialize in British literature from 1750-1850. My focus is on the interactions of culture, literature, and science with climate change and extreme weather events.

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I received a B.A. degree in English and Philosophy from the University of New Orleans in 2003, a J.D. from Tulane Law School, also in 2003, and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois in 2008. I worked in law firms and as a high school teacher before coming to Urbana-Champaign. I am currently in my fourth year of graduate study at UIUC and I'm planning to take my comprehensive exams in the spring of 2010. I am also pursuing a graduate minor in Gender and Women's Studies and a graduate certificate from the Unit for Critical and Interpretive Theory.

I am beginning a dissertation project, under the direction of Gillen Wood, that explores the intersections of literature, science, and political economy, in the context of climate change, extreme weather events, and the resulting cultural and economic changes. My project focuses on British literature between 1750 and 1850. I am interested in exploring how the changing climate of the period of the industrial revolution becomes linked to narratives of either national progress and national decline, in both the imaginative literature and political debates of the period.

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