D. Rae Greiner
Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
M.A. (1996) and B.S. (1992) in English, Radford University
My broad area of study is the British nineteenth century, where I specialize in the theory and history of the novel. Particular interests include moral philosophy, theories of sympathy and of realism, and narrative theory, but I teach on a variety of subjects, from queer theory to feeling and affect, ethical criticism, taste, and aesthetic (especially narrative) form. My first book, Sympathetic Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction, reads nineteenth-century fiction in relation to Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments to argue for the development of a literary realism for which sympathetic protocols are necessary for confirming and maintaining social reality. I've recently written on "maggots" in Adam Bede — freakish, occasionally sublime ideas that lodge, intractably, in the mind — for the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to George Eliot. My second book project, The Idiocy of Human Life: the Science of Intelligence and the Uses of Stupidity, 1790-1870, is in part a study of stupidity and intelligence as these were used to distinguish forms of biological life along the "animal/vegetable/mineral" divide. I am co-editor of the journal Victorian Studies.
Victorian Studies Program:
19th Century Studies Program:
E371 “Monstrosities: Unruly Creatures of Body and Mind”
E303 “States of Injury, Scenes of Distress”
E348 “The Historical Novel, or the Novel in History”
L369: “Party Fouls: Social Forms and Fissures in the Novel”
Graduate Courses: “The Ethics of Realism”; “Narrative and Novel Theory”
The Idiocy of Human Life: The Science of Intelligence and the Uses of Stupidity (in progress)
“Bleak House: Pastoral,” Critical Quarterly55.1 (2013): 75-93.
“Adam Bede: History’s Maggots,” The Blackwell Companion to George Eliot, eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry E. Shaw (forthcoming in 2013)
“1909: the Introduction of 'Empathy' into English,” Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History (BRANCH), an extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN), online-only journal (2012).
“Thinking of Me Thinking of You: Sympathy v. Empathy in the Realist Novel,” Victorian Studies 53.3 (2011): 417-26.
“The Art of Knowing Your Own Nothingness,” ELH 77.4 (Winter 2010): 893-914.
“Sympathy Time: Adam Smith, George Eliot, and the Realist Novel,” Narrative 17.3 (2009): 291-311.
Invited Talks, Lectures, and Symposia (excludes conference presentations)
"Stupid Thackeray, or, Barry Lyndon,” Harvard Humanities Center, Harvard University (Apr 2013)
"Stupid Thackeray, or, Barry Lyndon,” Rutgers University (Apr 2013)
"Charity, Sympathy, and the Victorians" (Master Class), University of Notre Dame (Feb 2013)
"Bleak House: Pastoral," keynote lecture, The Dickens Universe, UC Santa Cruz 2012
"Thinking of Me Thinking of You," Empathy Workshop, the Poynter Center and Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University 2009
“Persuasion's Cases the Forms of Realism,” Nineteenth-Century Forum, University of Michigan 2008
“Temporalities” (symposium), The Dickens Project, UC Santa Cruz 2008
“New Approaches to the Novel” (symposium), UC Berkeley 2007
Grants and Awards (partial list)
College of Arts and Humanities Fellowship, IU 2013
Trustees' Teaching Award, IU 2012
Faculty Spirit Award (nominee), GLBT Student Support Services, IU 2010
The Poynter Center/Institute for Advanced Study Empathy Workshop grant, IU 2009-10
Themester Teaching Grant, IU 2009
Summer Faculty Fellowship, IU 2008
Center for British Studies Grant, UC Berkeley 2006
Dean's Academic Progress Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2002-3
Dean's Academic Progress Award, UC Berkeley, 2002
Kurtz Prize, UC Berkeley, 2001