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S. Pearl Brilmyer

Assistant Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae
Fisher-Bennett Hall 218
215-573-9645

Office Hours

spring 2017

Wednesday, 3:30-5, or by appointment

photo credit: Claudia Peppel

S. Pearl Brilmyer received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of Scranton. Her work lies at the intersection of the history of philosophy, science, and literature with a focus on problems of description in the Victorian novel. Her current project, Character Density: Late Victorian Realism and the Science of Description, concerns the philosophical implications of the disarticulation of character from plot at the end of the nineteenth century. Other research interests include: theories of will and drive in 19th-century German philosophy, questions of temporality in feminist and queer theory, and materialisms old and new.

Brilmyer has recently published in PMLA and Representations, and is currently editing a special issue of GLQ: Gay and Lesbian Quarterly entitled "The Ontology of the Couple" with Filippo Trentin and Zairong Xiang. Her work has been supported by the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, the DAAD, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.