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Chris Chan

Chris Chan

Fisher-Bennett Hall 218

Office Hours

T and R 2–3 pm, or by appointment


BA in English and chemistry, summa cum laude, Rutgers University

MA in English, University of Pennsylvania


Chris Chan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Penn. His dissertation, Communal Lyricisms: Contesting the Lyric in Eighteenth-Century England, reroutes the history of lyric poetry and theory in the eighteenth century through period debates over political retreat, rural retirement, poverty and labor, religious communities, and the slave trade. The project engages poems and practices by a wide range of poets — including Abraham Cowley, John Pomfret, Anne Finch, Mary Leapor, and James Field Stanfield — who wrote from the relative margins of eighteenth-century literary culture, and who contested the terms of lyric for various political ends. His research has been funded by a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship at Penn, and a Predoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA–Clark Library.

At Penn, Chris has served as a co-coordinator of the Restoration-to-Victorian Studies working group, which regularly invites scholars from the greater Philadelphia region and beyond to present their most recent work. He also has professional experience in analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals, copyediting, and writing pedagogy (see LinkedIn for details).

Courses Taught

spring 2019

ENGL 060.001 The Rise of the Novel  

fall 2017

ENGL 200.301 The English Lyric