Ayşe Çelikkol’s research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature and the cultural histories of capitalism and globalization. Her book, Romances of Free Trade: British Literature, Laissez-Faire, and the Global Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2011), examines romance elements in British literature that represent the emergence of a globalized free-market economy. Her recent work addresses links among Victorian literature, ecology, and the economy, exploring, for instance, the treatment of economic expansion in Victorian culture, the representation of capitalism in the pastoral mode, and the imagination of planetary ties that rival capitalist globalization. Her current book project asks which literary forms and tropes expressed the historicity of nature as they responded to the prevalence of capitalism in rural areas in Victorian Britain.
Çelikkol’s essays have appeared in American Literature, ELH: English Literary History, Victorian Poetry, the Journal of William Morris Studies, Journal of Victorian Culture, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Literature Compass. She is a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens, The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture, and to edited collections such as Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform (Ed. Kevin A. Morrison, Liverpool University Press, 2019) and From Political Economy to Economics through Nineteenth-Century Literature: Reclaiming the Social (Eds. Elaine Hadley, Audrey Jaffe, Sarah Winter, Palgrave, 2019).
Romances of Free Trade: British Literature, Laissez-Faire, and the Global Nineteenth Century, Oxford University Press, 2011.
“Secularity and the Limits of Reason in Swinburne’s ‘Hymn to Proserpine’ and ‘Hymn of Man,” Victorian Literature and Culture 49.2 (2021): 301-24.
“Capitalism in the Pastoral Mode and Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 42.5 (2021): 523-36.
“World Ecology in Martineau’s and Gaskell’s Colonial Pastorals,” Journal of Victorian Culture 25.1 (2020): 110-125.
“The Planetary in Morris’s Late Romances,” The Journal of William Morris Studies 22.4 (2018): 15-30.
“The Inorganic Aesthetic in Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend,” Partial Answers 14 (2016): 1-20.
“Secular Pleasures and Fitzgerald’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám,” Victorian Poetry 51.4 (2013): 511-32.
“Form and Global Consciousness in the Victorian Period,” Literature Compass 10 (2013): 269-76.
“Free Trade and Disloyal Smugglers in Scott’s Guy Mannering and Redgauntlet,” ELH: English Literary History 74.4 (2007): 759-82.
“Dionysian Music, Patriotic Sentiment, and Tennyson’s Idylls of the King,” Victorian Poetry 45.3 (2007): 239-56.
“Aesthetic Predicaments, the Market Economy, and Stoddard’s The Morgesons,” American Literature 78.1 (2006): 29-57.
Chapters in Books
“Workers as Artists: From Professional Authorship to the Palace of Delight in Besant’s Writing,” in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform, ed. Kevin A. Morrison (Liverpool University Press), 2019.
“Expansion in the Fossil Economy and Craik’s John Halifax, Gentleman,” in From Political Economy to Economics through Nineteenth-Century Literature, eds. Elaine Hadley, Audrey Jaffe, Sarah Winter (Palgrave), 2019.
“Dickens, Political Economy, and Money,” The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens, ed. Robert L. Patten, John O. Jordan, and Catherine Waters (London: Oxford University Press, 2018).
“Globalization and Economics,” The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture, ed. Juliet John (London: Oxford University Press, 2016).