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Jed Esty

Vartan Gregorian Professor of English

Department Chair
Fisher-Bennett Hall 131
Fisher-Bennett Hall 237

Office Hours

fall 2016

By appointment

Jed Esty specializes in twentieth-century British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures, with additional interests in critical theory, history and theory of the novel, colonial and postcolonial studies, and the Victorian novel. After receiving his BA from Yale and PhD from Duke, he taught for several years at Harvard and at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) before joining the Penn faculty in 2008. He is the author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development (Oxford 2012) and A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England (Princeton 2004), and is currently at work on a new project entitled Cold War Victorians:  How the British Imagination Shaped American Power.  With Joe Cleary and Colleen Lye, he is coeditor of a 2012 special issue of MLQ on the topic of realism in postcolonial and ethnic US literatures; with Ania Loomba, Suvir Kaul, Antoinette Burton, and Matti Bunzl, he coedited Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (Duke 2005).  Esty has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois; he has published essays in Modern Fiction Studies, Victorian Studies, Modernism/Modernity, ELH, ALH, Contemporary Literature, Narrative, Novel, and the Yale Journal of Criticism.


Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Kelly Mee Rich "States of Repair: Institutions of Private Life in the Postwar Anglophone Novel"


Clifford Mak "Virtuoso Beasts: Modernist Fables and the Vitality of Style"


Philip Tsang "Untimely Citizens: Late Realism in Twentieth-Century British Literature"

Courses Taught

spring 2017

ENGL 109.301 Literature and Business  

fall 2015

spring 2015

ENGL 104.401 The Twentieth Century  
ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy  

spring 2014

ENGL 058.001 Modern Irish Literature  
ENGL 355.301 Victorian Action Heroes  

spring 2013

ENGL 104.401 The Twentieth Century  
ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy  

fall 2012

spring 2012

ENGL 058.001 Modern Irish Literature  

fall 2011

ENGL 259.301 Fictions of Empire  

fall 2010

ENGL 016.301 Modernist Short Story  
ENGL 260.301 Dickens and Joyce  

spring 2010

ENGL 058.001 Modern Irish Literature  
ENGL 591.401 Theories of Modernism  

spring 2009

ENGL 058.001 Modern Irish Literature  
ENGL 262.301 Yeats and Eliot  

fall 2008

ENGL 259.301 Fictions of Empire