I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Previously, I've worked as a research assistant at the Early Novels Database and the coordinator of an undergraduate digital scholarship fellowship program at the Penn Libraries.

My work spans the 18th and 19th centuries (and sometimes beyond), exploring the intersections between Marxist metanarratives of the novel; book history; and computational, quantitative, and sociological methods of studying literature.

You can contact me via email or Twitter. I also maintain @queerstreet, a bot that tweets examples of people, animals, and objects being described as queer in Victorian literature.

Introduction

Midway through The Political Unconscious, Frederic Jameson writes that the novel cannot be seen as a “finished object whose ‘structure’ one might model and contemplate.” Rather, it is “something that happens to its primary materials,” an “interminable set of operations and programming procedures” performed on the genres, forms, and other materials the novel has historically incorporated into itself (138). Proponents of surface reading and post-critique tend to treat The Political Unconscious as the poster child for a model of literature as mystifying surface cloaking hidden ideological depths. And yet, as I read the book in its entirety for the first... Read more