Department of English

University of Toronto

Tazudeen, Rasheed

Rasheed TazudeenTazudeen
Post Doctoral Fellow
Office Phone: 416-978-8701
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 1002
Office hours and/or Leave Status: Wednesdays 2-4 PM or by appointment

Research Interests: British and Irish Modernism, Victorian Literature, Literature and Science, Animal Studies, Ecology, Ecocriticism, Sound Studies, New Materialism, Critical Theory

Degrees: B.A. (University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign), M.A. (University of London), PhD (University of California-Berkeley)

My research is centered around reconceptions of human and nonhuman agency in 19th- and 20th-century literature. I am currently at work on two book manuscripts. The first, Modernism and the Unmaking of the Human: Language, Metaphor, Ethics, explores the linguistic innovations devised to reimagine the human/animal divide in the aftermath of the “Darwinian trauma” of 1859. Major texts include Ulysses, Between the Acts, The Metamorphosis, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, The Origin of Species, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. My second project, Object Ecologies: Modernism's Material Aesthetics, analyzes Modernism's aesthetic and ecological reconfigurations of the object, focusing on the work of Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Rainer Maria Rilke, and the composer Béla Bartók. 


Modernism and the Unmaking of the Human: Language, Metaphor, Ethics.Book project, under review at Ohio State University Press.

“Sounding the Nonhuman in Joyce’s ‘Sirens’ ” forthcoming in Humanities(vol. 6, Spring 2017), special issue on “James Joyce and the Nonhuman."

“ ‘Discordant Syllabling’: The Language of the Living World in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts,” Studiesi n the Novel, 47.4 (Winter 2015): 491-513.

“ 'Eat it and get all Pigsticky': The Spinozist Body and Contagious Metaphor in ‘Circe,’ ” The James Joyce Quarterly 51.2-3 (Winter-Spring 2014): 371-393.

“Immanent Metaphor, Branching Form(s), and the Unmaking of the Human in Alice and The Origin of Species,” Victorian Literature and Culture 45.3 (Fall 2015): 533-557.  Available on CJO2015.doi:10.1017/S1060150315000066.

Selected Conference Presentations:

“Béla Bartók and Modernist Ecocriticism,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (July 2017)

“Objects and Ecology in Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons,” English Student Union seminar, University of Toronto (November 2015).

“Cohabiting the Future,” “Ethics, Agency, and the Anthropocene: A Symposium,” UC Berkeley (May 2015).

“Attunement to the Object in Ulysses,” International James Joyce Symposium in Utrecht, Netherlands (June 2014).

“New Materialism, Object-Oriented Ontology, and Environmental Studies,” “Environment/ Animal: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium,” Stanford University (May 2014).

“Life’s Discordant Syllabling in Woolf’s Between the Acts,” American Comparative Literature Association conference, New York City (March 2014).

“Posthumanist Nonsense: Darwin, Carroll, and the Writing of Immanence,” American Comparative Literature Association conference, Toronto (March 2013).

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