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S. Pearl Brilmyer

S. Pearl Brilmyer

Assistant Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae

Fisher-Bennett Hall 218

Office Hours

fall 2019

Thursdays 3-4:30 and by appointment

S. Pearl Brilmyer's work sits at the intersection of literature, philosophy, and science with a focus on the nineteenth-century English novel. Other areas of research include theories of will and drive in nineteenth-century German philosophy and science (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Wundt), problems of sex and relationality in feminist and queer theory, and materialisms old and new.

Prior to joining the Penn faculty in 2016, Brilmyer was assistant professor at The University of Oregon and adjunct instructor at New York University, Pratt Institute, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She has also held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, the DAAD (German Exchange Service), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Wolf Humanities Center, and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Faculty Research. 

Her current book project, The Science of Character: Human Objecthood and the Ends of Victorian Realism asks what the realist novel, especially as it developed in the hands of turn-of-the-century women writers, can tell us about what it is like to experience another person as a material body with dynamic, aesthetic effects. With Filippo Trentin and Zairong Xiang, she is the editor of a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies entitled "The Ontology of the Couple" (Spring 2019). Her essays have been published in venues such as PMLA, Representations, Criticism, and Victorian Studies. 

Courses Taught

fall 2019

ENGL 094.401 Intro to Literary Theory  
ENGL 601.401 History Literature Theory  

spring 2018

ENGL 560.301 Victorian Materialism  

fall 2017

ENGL 311.301 English Honors Program  

spring 2017

ENGL 290.401 Queer Attachments  

fall 2016