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Indiana University Bloomington

Rae Greiner

Rae Greiner

Associate Professor

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, Stupidity After Enlightenment, is in part a study of stupidity's value to scientists and artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has published essays in ELHNarrative,Victorian Studies, and BRANCH, and regularly attends the Dickens Universe.