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S. Pearl Brilmyer

S. Pearl Brilmyer

Assistant Professor of English

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

Office Hours

fall 2018

on leave until Fall 2019

S. Pearl Brilmyer's work sits at the intersection of literature, philosophy, and science with a focus on the nineteenth-century English novel. After receiving her BA from the University of Scranton and her PhD from the University of Texas, Brilmyer taught at The University of Oregon, New York University, Pratt Institute, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, before joining the faculty at Penn in 2016. Her current book project, The Science of Character: Matter, Form, and the Ends of Victorian Realism explores the philosophical implications of the disarticulation of character from plot in late Victorian literary realism. With Filippo Trentin and Zairong Xiang, she is also currently editing a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies entitled "The Ontology of the Couple." Her work has been published in PMLA, Representations, and Victorian Studies, and she has held fellowships from 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. Other areas of research include theories of will and drive in 19th-century German philosophy, questions of temporality in feminist and queer theory, and materialisms old and new. 

Courses Taught

spring 2018

ENGL 560.301 Victorian Materialism  

fall 2017

ENGL 311.301 English Honors Program  

spring 2017

ENGL 290.401 Queer Attachments  

fall 2016