Concordia University

Ronjaunee Chatterjee

Assistant Professor, English

Office: S-LB 674-04 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2321

I am a Victorianist with additional research and teaching interests in feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, and critical race theory. My current book project, Thinking Singularity: Gender, Form, and Difference in the Nineteenth Centuryexamines how nineteenth-century literature imagined likeness and difference in ways that are generative of new forms of individuation and affiliation. The form of counting borne out of Victorian liberal democracy’s rapid ascent and the technology of the Census performed the conceptual work of subjecting particular individuals to a greater whole. And yet, it is a critical commonplace to recognize the incompleteness of this conceptual project that prioritizes the whole, and the violence of its exclusions. I argue instead that Victorian literature explored alternatives to the forms of individuality made available by liberal thought, particularly when it came to gendered personhood. My project puts forth a vocabulary of singularity to describe those kinds of individuation that challenge a structural logic of opposition, binaries, and particulars. Instead, singular personhood emerges from forms of relationality that rest on non-identity, minimal difference, and otherness. My work has been published in Victorian Literature and Culture, French Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, The New Inquiry, and The Los Angeles Review of Books


PhD, University of California-Los Angeles, 2015

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


Peer- reviewed Publications

   Co-editor, "Critical Race Theory and the Present of Victorian Studies." Special Issue of Victorian Studies (Forthcoming Spring 2020)

  Precarious Lives: Christina Rossetti and the Form of Likeness. Victorian Literature and Culture 45.4 (2017).

  ▪  Charles Baudelaire and Feminine Singularity.French Studies 70:1 (January 2016). 


  ▪  Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, eds. Jill Galvan and Elsie MichieNineteenth-Century Literature 74.1 (2019).

  ▪  Penis Envy and Other Bad FeelingsBy Mari Ruti. ASAP/J (2018).

    Willful Submission: Sado-Erotics and Heavenly Marriage in Victorian Religious Poetry. By Amanda Paxton. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 40.2 (2018). 

 Multimedia Archaeologies: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Belle Époque Paris,and the Total Artwork by Andrea Mirabile. Comparative Literature Studies 53.1 (2016).

Public Writing

  ▪ "Politics, Inclusion, and Social Practice." V21 Collective, 12 December 2016.

  ▪ Thinking Singularity. V21 Collective, 20 April 2015.

  ▪ Review: A Life with Mary Shelley by Barbara JohnsonThe New Inquiry, 14 October 2014.

 The Sins of the Fathers: Élizabeth Roudinesco’s Lacan in Spite of Everything. Los Angeles Review of Books, 1 June 2014.

 Alain Badiou in Southern California: A Politics of the Impossible. Los Angeles Review of Books, 6 February 2014.

Hitting on Infinity: Mari Ruti’s The Singularity of Being. Los Angeles Review of Books, 27 August 2013.

  ▪ Review: Calcutta by Amit Chaudhuri. The Rumpus, 25 April 2013.

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)
Graduate Courses (Concordia): Odd Women of the 19th Century: Gender, Form, and Difference (Fall 2018)

Participation activities

Recent Conference Organization and Invited Talks

  • “Critical Race Theory and New Directions in Victorian Studies.” MLA, January 2019
  • “Victorian Poetry and Poetics: Media, Form, Empire.” Poetry Matters, McGill University, March 2019
  • “Expanding the Field.” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference (NVSA), April 2019
  • “Race in/and Victorian Studies.” Dickens Universe, July 2019 
  • “Those Other Victorians.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), November 2019 

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