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Jonathan Dick


Fisher-Bennett Hall 215

I’m a PhD candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in British literature and criticism from the nineteenth- through twenty-first centuries. My dissertation is about a handful of tropes that emerge in response to the mid-Victorian period's environmental deformations and become essential to the institutionalization of literary study in both US and British colonial universities at the turn of the century. I received my BA and MA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto and have been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright program, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others. Related interests include the history of aesthetics and rhetoric, the theory of the novel, critical university studies, the environmental humanities, and the practice of literary criticism.

At Penn, I've taught courses in modern and contemporary US poetry, queer studies, psychoanalysis, and literature and medicine, and have been the coordinator of our Modernist and Contemporary Reading Group, Mod/Con, for three years running. During the 2022-23 academic year, I will be a Mellon Mid-Doctoral Fellow with Penn’s Price Lab as well as a Diversity Mentorship Fellow with The Northeast Victorian Studies Association.

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