Beatrice Sanford Russell
My dissertation examines how concepts of novelty and familiarity shaped nineteenth-century aesthetic discourse. I track a shift from an early understanding of the demand for novelty as a basic psychological need, to a later tendency to externalize that demand as part of a cultural mandate to innovation and progress. Other interests include lyric poetry, devotional literature, aestheticism, and queer theory.
Preceptor: ENG 205: Reading Literature: Poetry