Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
M.A. (1996) and B.S. (1992) in English, Radford University
Rae Greiner's broad area of study is the British nineteenth century, where she specializes in the novel. Particular interests include the study of aesthetic and narrative form, affect, and moral philosophy. Her first book, Sympathetic Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Johns Hopkins 2012), considers 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. She’s written on “maggots” in Adam Bede — those freakish, sometimes sublime ideas that lodge intractably in the mind — for the Blackwell Companion to George Eliot. Her book in progress, The Idiocy of Human Life: the Science of Intelligence and the Uses of Stupidity, is in part a study of stupidity's value to scientists and artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has published essays in ELH, Narrative,Victorian Studies, and BRANCH, and regularly attends the Dickens Universe.