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Jonathan Dick


Fisher-Bennett Hall 338

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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 works out a political genealogy for the tropes essential to English education in the modern period by examining the cultural forms that enabled their consolidation as pedagogical devices within universities across the Anglophone world. I received a BA and MA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto and have been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright program, the Mellon Foundation, the Beinecke Library, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 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 or helped teach courses on everything from modern and contemporary US poetry to queer theory, psychoanalysis, Victorian literature, literature and medicine, and composition, particularly for first generation university students. I received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students for my One Series course, "Reading Middlemarch." 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; from 2020-2023, I coordinated our Modernist and Contemporary Literatures Reading Group (Mod/Con); and from 2022 until now, I've been a Diversity Mentorship Fellow with The Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA).

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fall 2023

spring 2021