Keynotes

Ronjaunee Chatterjee is Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University. She is the author of Feminine Singularity: The Politics of Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Literature, which is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in August 2022. She is also the editor of the Norton Critical Middlemarch. Her cowritten introduction to a special issue of Victorian Studies she coedited, entitled “Undisiplining Victorian Studies,” won the Donald Gray Prize for Best Essay in Victorian Studies this year. Her work on nineteenth-century literature, colonialism and race, and feminist theory and psychoanalysis has been published or is forthcoming in differencesVictorian Literature and Culture, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other venues. 

Lynn Festa is Professor of English at Rutgers University, where she specializes in eighteenth-century literature and culture, with an emphasis on the role played by literature and literary form in the elaboration of categories of human difference in Britain, France and their colonies. Her first book, Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France (Johns Hopkins, 2006), examined how the culture of sensibility welded the affective response to other people to broader structures of classification in order to both include and exclude individuals from the class of humanity. Her second book, Fiction Without Humanity: Person, Animal, Thing in Early Enlightenment Literature and Culture (Penn, 2019), drew on riddles, fables, novels, scientific instruments, and trompe l’oeil painting to analyze the shifting terms in which human difference from animals, things, and machines was expressed.  Fiction Without Humanity was awarded the 51st annual James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association and the Oscar Kenshur Prize from the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University.

Elaine Hadley is Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Chicago.  She is the author of Melodramatic Tactics (Stanford, 1995) and Living Liberalism (UChicago, 2010), as well as co-editor of From Political Economy to Economics through Nineteenth-Century Literature (Palgrave, 2019). She is currently writing a monograph, working title Efficiently Unequal, on late nineteenth-century economic’s methodological erasure of economic inequality. She also has research interests in the codification of adolescence as a developmental category and the neoliberalization of higher education.