Ted Underwood is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. He is the author of The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science and Political Economy
(Palgrave, 2005), and of Why Literary Periods Mattered
(under contract at Stanford University Press). He is currently working on a book about the value of quantitative methods in literary history.