Department of English

University of Toronto

Li, Hao

 Hao LiHao Li
Associate Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)
Office Phone: 416-946-3452
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 923
Email: hao.li@utoronto.ca
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA

Teaching and Research Interests
I work in the intersection of Victorian literature and nineteenth-century intellectual history, with a particular focus on ethics. My research involves issues of genre and disciplinarity in relation to nineteenth-century non-fictional prose, aesthetics and the mind, philosophy and the novel, and literature and science. I teach courses in Victorian poetry, prose and the novel and seminars on ethics and the modalities of Victorian intellectual discourse, George Eliot, the aesthetic and decadent movements, and memory and history in Victorian literary work

Degree
Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Publications
Apart from Memory and History in George Eliot: Transfiguring the Past (Palgrave Macmillan), I have published on language in the work of George Eliot (The Oxford Reader’s Companion to George Eliot, edited by John Rignall); William Whewell, Kant, and practical universalism (Victorian Ethics, edited by Nathan Uglow); the deployment of ethics in Victorian literary and philosophical writings (Literature Compass); critical vigilance and the ethics of cross-cultural reading (Cambridge Quarterly); George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda and British ethical idealism (Literature Compass); and vision and self-consciousness in The Picture of Dorian Gray (Canadian Review of Comparative Literature).

Current Research
A project exploring the dynamics of literary sensibility and ethical cognition in writers such as Water Pater, William Morris, George Eliot and Oscar Wilde, and another one on the ways in which Victorian studies of language helped shape modern discourses of ethics.

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