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Thomas Joudrey

Thomas Joudrey

Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow in English

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University Park , PA 16802

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  1. 2015 | Ph.D. English - The Pennsylvania State University
  2. 2011 | M.A. English - The Pennsylvania State University
  3. 2007 | English - American University

Professional Bio

Thomas J. Joudrey is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in English who specializes in Victorian literature. His concentrations of interest include literary realism, ethics, empire, and sexuality.

His current book project challenges the consensus that nineteenth-century writing was animated by idealism. Cross-disciplinary discourses from political theory to evolutionary biology exposed perfectionism’s insidious power to incite fanaticism, underwrite despotic state power, and fuel delusions of infallibility. In extended readings of Thackeray, Eliot, and Wilde, the project makes the case that we cannot make sense of nineteenth-century literary realism—its open-ended seriality, its aesthetics of receptivity, its vivid depiction of bodily growth and decay, its anti-heroic posture—until we come to terms with the Victorian rebellion against the tyranny of perfectionism.

His scholarly articles have appeared in The New England Quarterly, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Poetry, Philological Quarterly, and ESQ.

Areas of Specialization

19th-century British Literature