Department of English

University of Toronto

Wright, Daniel

Daniel Wrightdaniel_wright
Assistant Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto Missisauga 
UTM Office Phone: 905-569-4540
UTM Office Location: MN 5244 
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 631
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: by appointment
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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, 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.



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

“Thomas Hardy’s Groundwork,” forthcoming in PMLA

“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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