Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010
Nineteenth-century British literature, history and philosophy of science, critical theory, gender and sexuality
Michael.Tondre@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-1313
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I joined the English department at Stony Brook after completing my graduate work at Oxford University (M.Phil., 2003) and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ph.D., 2010). My research focuses broadly on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and is positioned at the intersection between the history of science and Victorian fiction. In addition to articles and reviews in journals such as ELH, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Victorian Studies, I am completing a book entitled "Novel Velocities: Epistemologies of the Event in British Literature, Science, and Culture, 1850-1914." The book aligns the aesthetics of the Victorian novel with the birth of cognitive neuroscience by pulling together recent contributions in psychoanalysis, affect theory, and science studies. Generally speaking, it converges around a set of efforts to represent the history of sensation, thought, and feeling in the embodied subject. The book traces the Victorian belief that those experiences had a distinct temporal form, and shows how those relatively short durées helped to organize an assortment of modernizing practices. The book reflects my larger interests in literary and cultural studies: the traffic between literary form and historical change, the rise of the modern novel, theories of mind and brain, ethics, and epistemology, and the embodied experience of human and animal lives. I offer courses on topics related mostly to the long nineteenth-century in Britain, though my teaching also incorporates readings from other periods and geographies, particularly at introductory levels. I serve on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Victorian Literature and Culture.
Department of English, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5350 - Undergraduate: 631 632-7400 | Graduate: 631 632-7373