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Rachel Kravetz

Lecturer, General Faculty

Bryan Hall 140

Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4 by appointment over zoom.
Class Schedule: MW 2:00-3:15, 3:30-4:45, 5:00-6:15


Ph.D. in English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2017
M.F.A. in Painting, Yale University School of Art, 2006
B.A. in History, Columbia University, 2001


“Empiricist Commitments in The Woodlanders,” in Marion Thain and Atti Viragh (eds.) Mind and Embodiment in Late Victorian Literature (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming) 
“Figure and Ground in Thomas Hardy’s The Well-Beloved,” Philological Quarterly, November 2021 
“The Radiant Tableaux of Daniel Deronda,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, June 2018 
“Shaftesbury’s Neoclassical Landscape,” Notes and Queries, September 2017

Research interests

Victorian literature, British aesthetics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British and German philosophical prose, history of the novel, theories of genre, visual art, academic writing

Selected presentations

“The Inky Greys of Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean,” College Art Association, New York, February 2023 
“Keats’s ‘Marble Man’ and Hardy’s ‘Marble Images’: The Sculpted Figure Crosses the Nineteenth Century,” Modern Language Association, San Francisco, January 2023 
“Gold and Gray: Walter Pater on Venetian Painting,” International Walter Pater Society, Venice, July 2022
“Darwin and the Destruction of the Perfect Whole,” North American Victorian Studies Association, Vancouver, March 2022 (scheduled)
“Vocational Aptitudes in Hardy’s Novels,” American Comparative Literature Association, Washington, March 2019 
“George Eliot and History Painting,” Modern Language Association, Chicago, January 2019
“The Golden Age Within The Golden Bough,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Pittsburgh, April 2018 
“A Contest in Modern Painters,” College Art Association, New York, January 2015 
“Locke’s Centaur,” Society for Paragone Studies, Quebec City, September 2014