Assistant Professor, English
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 first book, "Feminine Singularity: The Politics of Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Literature" (Stanford University Press, 2022), argues that there are figurations of the feminine across literary genres in the nineteenth century that are not accessible through the frameworks of liberal individualism. I offer the term singularity instead to describe a model of subjecthood grounded in what is partial, contingent, and in relation, rather than what is merely “alone.”
I am the editor of George Eliot's Middlemarch (A Norton Critical Edition, expected 2023). I have also co-edited a special issue of Victorian Studies (with Alicia Mireles Christoff and Amy R. Wong, 2020) and cowritten an introductory essay entitled "Undisciplining Victorian Studies" which won the NAVSA Donald Gray Prize for Best Essay in Victorian Studies. I'm currently at work on a series of articles about colonial sexualities and whiteness as an aesthetic mode in the nineteenth century, and on a tentative second book addressing diagrams and the diagrammatic. My essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in differences, Mediations, Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Literature, ASAP Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, and other publications. From 2021-2023, my research is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (30,000$).
PhD, University of California-Los Angeles, 2015
BA, Cornell University (Magna Cum Laude with distinction in all subjects), 2007
▪ Feminine Singularity: The Politics of Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Stanford University Press, July 2022)
▪ Editor, Middlemarch by George Eliot (Norton Critical Editions, 2023)
▪ Co-editor, "Undisciplining Victorian Studies." Special Issue of Victorian Studies 62, no. 3 (Spring 2020)
Essays and Other Writing
"Bearing the Intolerable: Analytic Love." forthcoming in differences: a journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Special Issue on Psychoanalysis and Solidarity.
"Middlemarch: A Grown-up Novel." George Eliot -- George Henry Lewes Studies Vol 23: 2 (2021).
"The Colonial Mentality: Past and Present." The Los Angeles Review of Books, September 2021.
"Figure/Ground." On Carolyn Lesjak's The Afterlife of Enclosure. Mediations: A Journal of the Marxist Literary Group Vol 34, No. 2: Realism and the Dialectic (2021).
"Closed Off and Already Over? On Elaine’s Freedgood’s Worlds Enough: The Invention of Realism in the Victorian Novel."Syndicate Literature. January 2021.
With Alicia Christoff and Amy Wong: "Undisciplining Victorian Studies." Introduction to VS 62 (No. 3, Spring 2020). Winner of the NAVSA Donald Gray Prize. Edited and Republished in The Los Angeles Review of Books: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/undisciplining-victorian-studies/
“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).
- "Politics, Inclusion, and Social Practice." V21 Collective, 12 December 2016.
- “Thinking Singularity.” V21 Collective, 20 April 2015
- “Alain Badiou in Southern California: A Politics of the Impossible.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 6 February 2014
- Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, eds. Jill Galvan and Elsie Michie. Nineteenth-Century Literature 74.1 (2019).
- Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings. By 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 TotalArtwork by Andrea Mirabile. Comparative Literature Studies 53.1 (2016).
- A Life with Mary Shelley by Barbara Johnson. The 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.
- “Hitting on Infinity: Mari Ruti’s The Singularity of Being.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 27 August 2013
- Calcutta by Amit Chaudhuri. The Rumpus, 25 April 2013.
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)
Keynotes, Invited Talks, and Recent Presentations
- Roundtable Panelist, How Victorianists (Might) Talk About Race: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, Rutgers and Berkeley Center for British Studies, February 2022
- Speaker, First Book Workshop, North American Victorian Studies Association, February 2022
- Keynote Speaker, UW Symposium on the 150th Anniversary of Middlemarch, May 2021
- Invited Speaker at NYU 19thC Group, October 2020
- Invited Speaker at The Yale 18th and 19th C Colloquium, October 2020
- Invited Speaker, "Topping Statues: Teaching Race and Victorian Lit in 2020." Virtual Dickens Universe, July 2020
- "Fin de Sex at the Fin de Siècle? The Recursions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality." MLA 2020
- “Those Other Victorians.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), November 2019
- “Race in/and Victorian Studies.” Dickens Universe, July 2019
- “Expanding the Field.” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference (NVSA), April 2019
- “Victorian Poetry and Poetics: Media, Form, Empire.” Poetry Matters, McGill University, March 2019
- “Critical Race Theory and New Directions in Victorian Studies.” MLA, January 2019
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