Professor Andrew Elfenbein will give this department's annual Vincent A. De Luca Lecture on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Prof. Elfenbein researches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, the history of authorship, queer theory, linguistics, and cognitive approaches to literacy. He is the author of Byron and the Victorians (Cambridge 1995), Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role (Columbia 1999), and Romanticism and the Rise of English (Stanford 2009). His current work focuses on historical linguistics as a theoretical and practical challenge to governing paradigms in literary critical study. In connection with cognitive scientists, he has also begun extensive empirical work on reading in order to provide criticism with better and more sensitive models for the reading process. He has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society and the Howard Foundation and was a Scholar of the College for the College of Liberal Arts in 2000-2003. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of British Studies and serves on the editorial boards of Genders, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, the Victorian Board of NINES (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship), and the Victorian Board of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net.
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