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Zach Fruit

Zach Fruit


Hunter College MA, Emerson College BFA

My research interests are focused on 19th century histories of British empire, the history of aesthetic theory, and the intersection of both in the realist novel. I hope to build an argument that details the imbrication of the production of space that is achieved through aesthetic strategies of narrative description, and the placemaking dynamics of imperial expansion. My thinking is also informed by the history of enclosure and agricultural improvement, theories of landscape architecture, and Marxist conceptualizations of the world system.

I am also one of the co-coordinators for the Res-Vic Reading Group for the 2017/2018 academic year. Please e-mail me to be added to our listserv or with any questions.

Published writing: 

Review of Nathan K. Hensley, Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty (Oxford UP, 2016), V21 Collations: Book Forum (May, 2017)

The Collective Problem of History Presentism and/as Critique: Graduate Students Respond to V21 Special Issue of B20, (January, 2017)

Review of Anna Kornbluh, Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form (Fordham UP, 2014), Textual Practice 30.6 (2016): 1138-1142 

Courses Taught

spring 2019

ENGL 200.304 Victorian Environments