Annika Mann is an Assistant Professor of English in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She received her PhD in English from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2011, and her BA in English from Northwestern University in 2003. Before coming to ASU, Mann taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Study at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
Mann is a scholar of eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature and culture, with particular interests in the history of medicine, the politics of health, and print cultures. Her book, Reading Contagion: The Hazards of Reading in the Age of Print (University of Virginia Press, forthcoming), examines how eighteenth-century physicians, philosophers, novelists, and poets depict reading printed texts as materially and affectively contagious, a threat to both individual and collective health. Her co-edited collection, Transforming Contagion: Risky Contacts Among Bodies, Disciplines, and Nations (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming), explores contagion as a feminist, trans-historical, interdisciplinary site of both anxiety and possibility. This collection examines not only contagions postulated to spread from bodies, but also those rooted in political practices, psychological exchanges, social movements, and the classroom.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, Mann is a faculty fellow at ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research, where she is working on a new project, Immovable Bodies: Women Writing Health and Disease in the British Romantic Era. This book explores how women writers resist the universalizing and transdisciplinary claims of medicine and poetics during the Romantic period, producing literary texts that ruminate on immobility instead.
Mann has also published an article “Waste Management: Tobias Smollett and Remediation” in Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Winter 2012-2013, 25.2) and has written on William Blake’s Urizen in Systems of Life: Biopolitics, Economics, and Literature, 1750-1859 (Fordham University Press, 2018).