Jordan Sellers

Jordan Sellers is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation traces the emergence of local historic preservation in Great Britain during the nineteenth century. He also develops the Illinois 19th-Century Corpus (1800-1900), a digital collection of roughly 4000 volumes, across genre.


The Emergence of Literary Diction

Literary criticism used to be, in great part, an attempt to define the distinctive character of “literary language.” The project preoccupied Russian Formalists and American New Critics, and dates back to the nineteenth century.

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