Benjamin J. Doyle

About Me

I'm a graduate student of English at Northeastern University.

I am also the project manager for The TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) and the developer for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA)

Research Areas

Early Atlantic World Literatures, Political Philosophy, Human Rights, Book History, Digital Humanities, Ethics

My research focuses primarily on early Atlantic world literatures, Political Philosophy, human rights, and the digital humanities. My work engages as well topics of print technologies, history of the book, and the "embodied textuality" of writing communities (or, communities in-formed by collaborative, networked practices of writing). I also have a particular interest in philosophies of ethics and the political history of rights, revolution, and social protest. The current title of my dissertation is, An Account of UnCommon Suffering: early Atlantic World Literatures and the Extra-National Subject of Universal Human Rights (1640-1857)


(ecda) info.ecdaproject@gmail.com

(tapas) info@tapasproject.org

Digital Humanities

I've been actively working in the field of Digital Humanities as part of my graduate work since 2012. Below are links to projects, events, and publications:


I currently work on two projects hosted at Northeastern University. 

The Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA ecdaproject.org)

Research and Development Manager (2012-2017)

The TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS tapasproject.org)

Project Manager (2014-2017)


“Obeah and the Early Caribbean Digital Archive,” with Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Benjamin J. Doyle, Nicole N. Aljoe, Elizabeth Hopwood. Atlantic Studies 12:2, June 2015. (View Article)

“Kaleidoscopic Pedagogy: The Idea of a C19 Classroom Laboratory,” with Ryan Cordell, Benjamin J. Doyle, and Elizabeth Hopwood. D19: Digital Pedagogies and Nineteenth Century American Literatures, eds. Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain. University of Illinois Press, Topics in Digital Humanities Series, in review.

“Graduate Training Where Digital Scholarship and Early American Studies Meet.” With Benjamin J. Doyle, Jim McGrath, and Abby Mullen. Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life Web Library. 16:4, 2016.  (View Article)


2017-03-31: Digtial Humanities for Caribbean History





The following is a talk I gave along with my colleagues of the early Caribbean Digital Archive (ecda) at a forum hosted by the History Design Studio at Harvard University: Digital Humanities for Caribbean History . . . >> Read More


An Account of UnCommon Suffering: early Atlantic World Literatures and the Extra-National Subject of Universal Human Rights (1640-1857)



This project explores the emergent narrative of a universal human rights in the early Atlantic World. It maintains that the period of early Atlantic world colonialism ushered in new conceptions of universalism (of the human as a simultaneously individuated and yet incorporated (interpellated) subject), and of political rights making by subjects situated outside the normative frames (the law, the state, the demos) of intelligibility. Additionally, the rise of new technologies of print media introduced . . . (read more)

Preliminary Fields

C18 TransAtlantic Print and the early American Novel

Over the past decade Atlantic Studies has increasingly been adopted and adapted within the fields of literary studies as a critical mode of scholarly practice ... >> Read More

Book History and Antebellum American Literary Studies

Book history and print culture have become common keywords in the broader field of American literature ... >> Read More



The extra-national subject of universal human rights

Chapter III

Riot in the Streets: Spirituality, Vulnerability, and the Account of an (un)Common Suffering

Chapter I

Toward a language and literacy of universal human rights in early Atlantic World

Chapter IV

The ‘Scorching Irony’ of Universal Human Rights: Dissensus, Disavowal, and the Genre of the ‘not yet…’

Chapter II

Captivity and Servitude: The Colonial Contracting of Universal Human Rights


Primary Sources

Secondary Sources