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Ronjaunee Chatterjee

Assistant Professor, English

Ronjaunee Chatterjee

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, MediationsVictorian 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)

Editorial Work 

   Co-editor, "Undisciplining Victorian Studies." Special Issue of Victorian Studies 62, no. 3 (Spring 2020)

Essays and Other Writing



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

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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