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Alexander Hartley

Graduate Student

Research interests: My research centres on copyright, the invention that turned literary forms into private property. My dissertation provides a comparative study of colonial copyright in the first half of the twentieth century, examining how writers in the British and French empires responded to the expanding legal frontier of copyright in shaping their self-presentation as authors. Beyond this project, I am broadly interested in twentieth-century culture and critical theory, and a second vein of my research focuses on ‘urban renewal’, race and the city in the poems and novels of Gwendolyn Brooks.


Ph.D. Harvard University, Comparative Literature, (in progress)

AM Harvard University, Comparative Literature, 2021

BA University of Oxford, English and German Literature, 2018

Languages: English, French, German.