College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Prof. Mueller’s main area of special interest is the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century in Britain. He has published extensively on the non-novelistic works of Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), especially Defoe’s verse. He is currently working on two further Defoe projects – a new edition of Defoe’s correspondence for Cambridge University Press (with Dr Nicholas Seager) and an essay collection entitled ‘Robinson Crusoe After 300 Years’ for Bucknell University Press (with Prof Glynis Ridley) – and has been the Director of the Defoe Society since 2011.
More recently, Prof Mueller has commenced a new research project concerned with the literary criticism of the eighteenth-century Bishop of Worcester, Richard Hurd (1720-1808). A first full-length article that explores Hurd’s involvement in the politics of eighteenth-century cultural nationalism is forthcoming in 2018.
His wider research and teaching interests include critical theory (especially historicism), the material culture of eighteenth-century libraries, and the intersections between literary studies and Digital Humanities.
‘Richard Hurd’s Letters on Chivalry and Romance and eighteenth-century cultural nationalism,’ Eighteenth-Century Life (forthcoming in 2018).
‘Daniel Defoe,’ Oxford Bibliographyin British and Irish Literature, Gen. Ed. Andrew Hadfield, New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. (Online)
‘Politics, Politeness, and Panegyrics: Defoe, Addison, and Philips on Blenheim,’ Philological Quarterly 94.1-2 (2015), 121-147.
‘Richard Hurd,’ The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789 (with Stephen Gregg) (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015), 604-609.
‘Defoe in the miscellanies,’ Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries 6:1 (Fall 2014), 128-136.
‘“One of the greatest puzzles in Defoe bibliography”: John Toland, Daniel Defoe and ennobling foreigners,’ in K. Ellison, K. Kincade & H. Nelson (eds), Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Daniel Defoe (New York: AMS Press, 2014), 263-289.
‘“A Body Unfitt”: Daniel Defoe in the Pillory and the Resurrection of the Versifying Self,’ The Eighteenth Century: Theory & Interpretation 54:3 (Fall 2013), 393-407.
‘Daniel Defoe’s The Family Instructor, the Schism Act and Jacobite Unrest: The Conduct Book as a Political Act,’ in A. Mueller & A. Mäkikalli (eds) Positioning Daniel Defoe’s Non-Fiction: Form, Function, Genre (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 125-148.
A Critical Study of Daniel Defoe’s Verse. (Lampeter & Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press, 2010)