Daniel Wright specializes in Victorian literature, with a focus on the realist novel; gender and sexuality; and the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially ethics and the philosophy of language. He also has further research interests in the twentieth-century British novel and the history and theory of psychoanalysis. His work has been supported by a Connaught New Researcher Award, and he was awarded the 2016 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature by the Council of Ontario Universities.
He is the author of Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018), which argues that forms of reasoning that seem empty, difficult, fuzzy, or simply “bad” (contradiction, tautology, vagueness, and generality) function for Victorian novelists such as Charlotte Brontë, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and Henry James as surprisingly productive and diverse techniques for giving linguistic form to erotic desire.
He is currently at work on two new book projects. The first investigates nineteenth-century novelists’ ways of imagining the metaphysical “foundations” of fictional worlds. The second examines the theorization and practice of creativity in Victorian literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary literary theory.