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Chris Chan

Chris Chan


BA in English and chemistry, summa cum laude, Rutgers University (2013)

MA in English, University of Pennsylvania (2015)


Chris Chan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Penn. His dissertation project, titled “Lyric Communities and Communal Lyricisms in Eighteenth-Century British Poetry,” documents and redresses the gap between eighteenth-century poetic practices and modern notions of lyric. Drawing upon recent scholarship across the fields of eighteenth-century studies and historical poetics, the project reconceptualizes lyric in the period as a mode of direct political engagement, and assesses the political consequences of lyric reading in and beyond the period. To fulfill these aims, the project engages with a wide selection of poets – including Abraham Cowley, John Pomfret, Anne Finch, Mary Leapor, and James Field Stanfield – and works which have rarely featured at the center of lyric theory.

At Penn, Chris has served as a co-coordinator (with Mayelin Perez) of the Restoration-to-Victorian Studies working group, which regularly invites scholars from the greater Philadelphia region and beyond to present their most recent work. He has professional experience in analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals, copyediting, and writing pedagogy through various positions prior to his tenure in the department (see LinkedIn for details).

Courses Taught

fall 2017

ENGL 200.301 The English Lyric