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Ronjaunee Chatterjee

Assistant Professor, English


Ronjaunee Chatterjee
Office: S-LB 674-04 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2321
Email: ronjaunee.chatterjee@concordia.ca

I specialize in nineteenth-century literature and culture, critical race theory, feminist and queer theory, and Continental philosophy. I have taught in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. My current book project, “Thinking Singularity: Gender, Form, and Difference in the Nineteenth-Century,” offers a new account of the nineteenth-century’s liberal-capitalist development of modern subjectivity. I use literature to articulate a vocabulary of singularity to identify those kinds of individuation--previously unrecognized--that challenge a structural logic of opposition, binaries, and particulars. I further argue that singular subjectivity emerges from forms of relationality that rest on likeness and minimal difference, rather than readily discernible forms of difference. Relations premised on likeness reveal the abstracted liberal-capitalist subject’s gendered and racialized disavowals in narrative and poetic modes that crystallized in the nineteenth-century—Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, Christina Rossetti and Charles Baudelaire’s poetry and prose, and Wilkie Collins’ sensation fiction. At the same time, I argue that literature has the potential to script new models of selfhood and relationality relevant to the contemporary. This project thus engages questions around the consolidation of individualism in the nineteenth century, asking, in particular, what discourses shaped the Victorian conception of an autonomous self, and how literary form enable such conceptions, while also serving as a counter-discourse to them.
With Alicia Christoff (Amherst College) and Amy Wong (Dominican University of California), I am co-editing a special issue of Victorian Studies (forthcoming 2020). My essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture, Syndicate, Nineteenth-Century Literature, ASAP Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, and other publications. 

Education

PhD, University of California-Los Angeles, 2015

BA, Cornell University (
Magna Cum Laude with distinction in all subjects), 2007 


Publications

Editorial Work 

   Co-editor, "Undisciplining Victorian Studies." Special Issue of Victorian Studies (Forthcoming September 2020)

Essays and Other Writing

Reviews


  


Teaching activities

Undergraduate Courses (Concordia): 18th and 19th Century Women Writers; 19th-Century Poetry; Literature of the Victorian Period; British Literature from 1660-1900; Victorian and Edwardian Literature; Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality (Queer and Feminist Worlds); Gothic Experimentalism: Feminist, Queer, Postcolonial
Graduate Courses (Concordia): Odd Women of the 19th Century: Gender, Form, and Difference (Fall 2018)


Participation activities

Recent Conference Panels Organized and Invited Talks


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