Rice University

Department of English

Jennifer Hargrave

Niffy Hargrave

Fields of Interest: British Romanticism, Imperial Studies, Anglo-Sino Relations
Thesis Title: "The Romantic Reinvention of Imperial China, 1759–1857"

B.A. English, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
M.A. English, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Hobby Editorial Fellow, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900, 2011–Present
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Secretary, 2012–2013
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Department Representative, 2011–2012
English Department Graduate Symposium Co-Organizer, 2011

Jennifer Hargrave's current research focuses on Anglo-Sino relations during the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on Romanticism. Her dissertation demonstrates how Romantic literature is the prime cultural marker of British attempts to reconfigure China as a conquerable space through the methodical archiving of diverse Chinese knowledge. Her dissertation adopts a new historicist approach, with specific attention given to British imperial histories as well as Chinese historical and cultural studies, to reveal Romantic literature’s controversial representations of and consequent participation within Britain’s evolving relationship with the Qing.