University of Calgary

Maria Zytaruk

  • Associate Professor

Office Hours


Currently Teaching

 F2020 - ENGL 311 - Shakespeare and Performance
 F2020 - ENGL 523.1 - Advanced Topics: Book and Digital Culture (The Anatomy of the Book)
 W2021 - ENGL 431 - Restoration Voices

Professional Description

Maria Zytaruk (Ph.D. Toronto) specializes in the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. She is principal investigator of the SSHRC Insight Grant-funded project, Seeds for Tomorrow: A Material History of Eighteenth-Century Seed Exchange and Seed Collections.

Recent publications include:

  • "'Take Care Some Seeds in the Letter': Material and Textual Practices of Seed Exchange in the Long Eighteenth Century," in Lumen (Vol. 38, 2019)
  • Nature on the Page: The Print and Manuscript Culture of Victorian Natural History (Coach House Press, 2019)
  • "Caught in the Archive:  Unruly Objects in the Foundling Hospital," in Studies in Romanticism (Spring 2018)
  • "Preserved in Print:  Victorian Books with Mounted Natural History Specimens," in Victorian Studies (Winter 2018)
  • "America's First Circulating Museum:  The Object Collection in the Library Company of Philadelphia," in Museum History Journal (2017).
  • "Artifacts of Elegy:  The Foundling Hospital Tokens," in The Journal of British Studies (2015)

In April 2015, she was the Anthony and Beatrice Garvan Fellow in American Material Culture at the Library Company of Philadelphia.  In July 2016, she was researcher in residence at the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at London's Natural History Museum.  In December 2016, her radio documentary on seed banks aired on CBC's Ideas program: . 

Research Groups

  • Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Research Group (MARCS)
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