Department of English

University of Toronto

Wright, Daniel

Daniel Wrightdaniel_wright
Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto Mississauga
UTM Office Location: MN 5244 
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 631
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: On leave July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 
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Teaching and Research Interests: Nineteenth-century British literature, gender & sexuality, literature and philosophy; Aspects of Theory; Romantic and Victorian Literature
B.A. (McGill); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Columbia)
Daniel Wright specializes in Victorian literature and the history and theory of the novel. His interests include literature and philosophy; feminist, queer, and trans theory; and psychoanalysis. He is the author of Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018), as well as essays in ELH, Victorian Studies, PMLA, and Public Books. He has been a recipient of a Connaught New Researcher Award (2014), the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature (2016), and a SSHRC Insight Grant (2020). His current book project, The Grounds of the Novel, examines how novelists including Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and Olive Schreiner imagine the metaphysical foundations of fictional being through metaphors of grounding, groundwork, and the underground. Another book project in its early stages is a literary history of creativity, which engages with the novel, psychoanalysis, and queer theory.



Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

"Thomas Hardy's Groundwork," PMLA 134, no. 5 (Oct. 2019): 1028-41.

“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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