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- Victorian literature and culture, formalism, narrative theory, world literature, aesthetics and politics, and public humanities
Degrees and Institutions
PhD, University of London, 1996
AB, Princeton University, 1992
- Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network. Princeton, 2015.
Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts. Blackwell, 2007. “Manifestos” series.
The Serious Pleasures of Suspense: Victorian Realism and Narrative Doubt. University of Virginia Press, 2003. Winner of the 2004 Perkins Prize from the Narrative Society.
Norton Anthology of World Literature. I am the editor responsible for the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for the 3rd edition (forthcoming).
Narrative Middles: Navigating the Nineteenth-Century British Novel. A collection of essays edited with Mario-Ortiz-Robles (forthcoming from Ohio State University Press).
From Author to Text: Re-reading George Eliot’s Romola. A collection of essays edited with Mark W. Turner (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 1998).
Translation from the French: Nicole Loraux, The Children of Athena: Athenian Ideas about Citizenship and the Division between the Sexes (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993).
Some Recent Articles and Book Chapters
- “From Nation to Network,” Victorian Studies 55:4 (summer 2013): 647-66.
- “Rhyme, Rhythm, Violence: Elizabeth Barrett Browning on Slavery,” in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, ed. Matthew Bevis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013: 309-322.
- “Surprising Realism,” in A Companion to George Eliot, eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry Shaw. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013: 62-75.
- “The Great Unwritten: World Literature and the Effacement of Orality,” MLQ 74:2 (June 2013): 217-37.
- “Extraordinary Ordinariness: Realism Now and Then,” in “Television for Victorianists,” a special issue of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 63 (April 2013).
“Victorian Realism,” for the Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
“The Shock of the Banal: Mad Men’s Progressive Realism,” in Mad World, ed. Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Duke University Press, 2013), 133-44.
“Rhythms, Poetic and Political,” Victorian Poetry 49:2 (Summer 2011): 235-252.
“Thing, Feeling, Form,” in Novel: A Forum on Fiction 44(1) (2011): 107-114.
“Infrastructuralism, or the Tempo of Institutions,” in On Periodization: Selected Essays from the English Institute, ed. Virginia Jackson (ACLS Humanities E-Book, 2010)
“Narrative Networks: Bleak House and the Affordances of Form,” Novel 42:3 (fall 2009): 517-23.
“Reading at the Time,” ELN 46 (spring/summer 2008): 135-46.
“Formal Pasts and Formal Possibilities in Victorian Studies,” Literature Compass (May 2007).
“Strategic Formalism: Towards a New Method in Cultural Studies,” Victorian Studies 48 (summer 2006): 625-57. Honorable mention for the Donald Gray Prize.
“Chinese Wall,” invited blog entry on Mad Men for the University of Illinois’ blog, Kritik (2010)
“Both Sides Now,” Inside Higher Ed (December 7, 2007)
“The Art of the Impenetrable,” Times Higher Education Supplement (Nov. 16, 2007): 16.
“The Criticism of Purpose: review of Amanda Claybaugh’s Novel of Purpose,” on The Valve (2007)
- “Gursky’s Sublime,” Journal of Postmodern Culture 12 (2002)
My research and teaching interests include Victorian literature and culture, formalism, realism, narrative theory, world literature, and the relations between art and politics. I am now building on the work of my recent book, Forms, to focus on the importance of repetition to both social relations and literary forms, and I am an editor for The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Both my published work and my teaching aim to bridge the gap between historical-political approaches to culture and the more traditional techniques of literary formalism. I am a co-organizer of the Sawyer Seminar on World Literature and founder of the Creative Arts and Design Residential Learning Community.
Work and Art in the Nineteenth Century
Victorian Liberalism After 9/11
Art on Trial: Rebellious Artists, Free Speech, and Democratic Society
Nineteenth-Century Literature as World Literature
British and Anglophone Literature, 1750-present
What Are We Doing Here? Education in Literature and Theory
Representing Culture in an Age of Networks: The Wire and Others (faculty development seminar co-taught with Lewis Friedland)
Forms offers a powerful new answer to one of the most pressing problems facing literary, critical, and cultural studies today--how to connect form to political, social, and historical context. Caroline Levine argues that forms organize not only works of art but also political life--and our attempts to know both art and politics. Inescapable and frequently troubling, forms shape every aspect of our experience. But forms don't impose their order in any simple way.
Translated by Antoni Top
Polish translation of Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts
W.W. Norton and Co.
A classic, reimagined.
Read by millions of students since its first publication, The Norton Anthology of World Literature remains the most-trusted anthology of world literature available.
Ohio State University Press
In this groundbreaking collection of essays, Narrative Middles: Navigating the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, nine literary scholars offer innovative approaches to the study of the underrepresented middle of the vast, bulky nineteenth-century multiplot novel.
This ground-breaking book provides a provocative and compelling exploration of the complex relationship between democracy and the arts. It analyses the roles of dissenting and unpopular artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Bertolt Brecht, D. H. Lawrence, and 2 Live Crew in twentieth century society.
University of Virginia Press
The Serious Pleasures of Suspense argues that a startling array of nineteenth-century thinkers—from John Ruskin and Michael Faraday to Charlotte Brontë and Wilkie Collins —saw suspense as the perfect vehicle for a radically new approach to knowledge that they called "realism."
The Children of Athena: Athenian Ideas About Citizenship and the Division Between the Sexes, by Nicole Loraux
Princeton University Press
In these essays, the renowned French Hellenist Nicole Loraux examines the implication of various Greek origin myths as she explores how Athenians in the fifth century forged and maintained a collective identity.