Kaushik Ramu is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory. He broadly studies the novel-form’s performances of non-modernity in the twentieth century. His dissertation sketches the figure of the idiot across global anglophone and South Asian vernacular literature, and tries to develop its affordances at the intersection of ecocriticsm, postcolonial studies and transnational modernism. He’s also interested in histories and failures of taxonomy, in the potential diversification of literary theory, and in basic questions of interpretation, form and aesthetic response. He is a recipient of the Hopkinson Fellowship from the School of Arts and Sciences for 2015-16. He has coordinated ‘Theorizing’, which is Comparative Literature’s reading-group and lecture-series, has assisted in courses in American poetry and the origins of the British novel, and has taught courses in nineteenth-century science fiction and literary approaches to Charles Darwin.