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Jonathan Dick


Fisher-Bennett Hall 338

Office Hours

fall 2023

Wednesday from 2:00-3:30 and by appointment

I’m a PhD candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in nineteenth century British literature and twentieth-century literary history. My dissertation tracks a series of rhetorical mistakes that crop up with increased frequency admist the mid-Victorian period's environmental and imperial devastations and follows them as they become essential stylistic resources for both the realist novel and the university-level English classroom at the turn of the century. I received a 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 rhetoric, the theory of the novel, critical university studies, the environmental humanities, and the practice of literary criticism.

At Penn, I've taught or helped teach courses on everything from modern and contemporary US poetry to queer studies, psychoanalysis, Victorian literature, literature and medicine, and freshmen composition. I was also a coordinator for our Modernist and Contemporary Literatures Reading Group (Mod/Con) for three years running. From 2021-2022, I was a Steinberg Graduate Fellow in English; from 2022-2023, I held a Mellon Mid-Doctoral Fellowship with Penn's Price Lab; and from 2022 until now, I've been a Diversity Mentorship Fellow with The Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA).

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Courses Taught

fall 2023

spring 2021