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Work & Projects

Versão em português.

WELCOME

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I am a literary scholar from São Paulo, Brazil. I live and work in the United States, where I currently am Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida. I specialize in British literature from the long eighteenth century. In this website I share my research and teaching and I blog about my many other interests — from travel and languages to guinea pigs. My last name, in case you are curious, is pronounced “My Olly.”

My first book, Empiricism and the Early Theory of the Novel: From Fielding to Austen, explores what the eighteenth-century British novel had to teach us about the value of the humanities. I show that novels, for authors from Henry Fielding to Jane Austen, were vicarious sources of socioethical knowledge. I offer more details about my book and other projects here.  

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MY RESEARCH