Department of English

University of Toronto

Wright, Daniel

Daniel Wrightdaniel_wright
Assistant Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTM)
UTM Office Location: 311B Erindale Hall
St. George Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 631
Email: Daniel.wright@utoronto.ca
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Office Hours and/or Leave Status: UTM, Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Graduate Department, by appointment

Degrees
B.A. (McGill); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Columbia)

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.

His first book, Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel, forthcoming in 2018 from Johns Hopkins University Press, 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 projects: one on being and nonbeing in the Victorian novel, and another on the theorization and practice of creativity in Victorian literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary literary theory.

Publications

Articles
“Unhistorical Reading and Mutual Playing,” b2o, special issue, “v21,” edited by Benjamin Morgan and Anna Kornbluh (Fall 2016).

“Let Them Be: Hard Times and Stupid Politics,” Dickens Studies Annual 46 (2015), solicited contribution as part of a special forum on “Stupid Dickens."

“George Eliot’s Vagueness,” Victorian Studies 56, no. 4 (Summer 2014): 625-48.

“Because I Do: Trollope, Tautology, and Desire,” ELH 80, no. 4 (Winter 2013): 1121-43.


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