Department of English


Supritha Rajan

Research Interests

Supritha Rajan's research and teaching interests focus on nineteenth-century British literature, cultural studies, and critical theory. At present, Rajan is particularly concerned with the intersection of economics and ethics both within and outside the nineteenth-century context. Her current research project, which examines Victorian literature alongside nineteenth-century political economy and anthropology, questions traditional understandings of capitalism and the shared disciplinary genealogies of nineteenth-century political economy and anthropology. Rajan also has an interest in moral philosophy and plans to investigate the relationship between the moral emotions and narrative structure in the nineteenth-century novel. In addition to her activities as a scholar and teacher, Rajan is currently at work on a collection of poems.

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

  • Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2015-2016.
  • William Dougald MacMillan Award for the best dissertation of the year, Department of English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2008-2009.
  • Richard Hugo Prize, Poetry Northwest, “The Orphan of Time,” Spring/Summer 2007.
  • Fred and Joan Thomson Award for outstanding dissertation work in eighteenth- or nineteenth-century British studies, Department of English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2005-2006.
  • Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English, UNC-Chapel Hill, Fall 2006.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • Courses in nineteenth-century British literature and creative writing

Selected Publications

Works in Progress
  • Transparent Forms: Thinking, Feeling, and Doing in the Human and Natural Sciences (in progress)
  • “Regret Without Limit: the Ends of Agency and Genre in George Eliot’s Middlemarch” (under review)
  • “On Truth’s Beauty: the Epistemology of Trust and the Realist Mode in Nineteenth-Century Literature” (under review)
  • Fabula (completed manuscript of poems, under consideration at various presses/contests)
Selected Publications
  • A Tale of Two Capitalisms: Sacred Economics in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Spring 2015, University of Michigan Press)
  • “Animating Household Gods: Value, Totems, and Kinship in Victorian Anthropology and Dickens’s Dombey and Son.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 42.1 (March 2014): 33-58.
  • “Networking Magic: Andrew Lang and the Science of Self-Interest.” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. 64 (October 2013).
  • “Sacred Commerce: Rites of Reciprocity in Ruskin.” Nineteenth-Century Prose. 35.1 (Spring 2008): 181-199.
  • "Repair." Colorado Review. [forthcoming]
  • “Ode to an Error.” The Antioch Review. Fall, 2015.
  • “Domestic.” The Cortland Review. Issue 66, 2015. 
  • “Daughter of the Sea.” Poetry Northwest. Fall/Winter, 2010-2011.
  • “The Preterite Tense.” Poetry Northwest. Spring/Summer, 2009.
  • “Fabula.” Literary Imagination. February 1, 2009.
  • “The Cook’s Daughter.” Passages North. Vol. 29.1. Winter/Spring, 2008.
  • “The Orphan of Time.” Poetry Northwest. Spring/Summer, 2007.
  • “Widow Country.” Salt Hill. No. 19. Winter, 2007.
  • “The Abduction of Sita.” Puerto del Sol. Vo. 41.1. Fall, 2006. 
  • “Inventing the Past.” Notre Dame Review. No. 21. Winter, 2006.
  • “Lava and Kusa Recite The Ramayana.” Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts. Vol. 4, 2005.
Selected conference participation
  • “Autonomy and its Affects: Regret and Sympathy in Rousseau and Smith.” The International Adam Smith Society and the Rousseau Society. University of Glasgow. Glasgow, Scotland. July 20-22, 2015.
  • “Characterizing Knowledge: George Eliot and the Enlightenment Reclassification of Temperament.” The North American Victorian Studies Association. Western University. London, Ontario (CA). Nov. 13-16, 2014. 
  • “The Tempo of Judgment: Sensing the Pause in Walter Pater’s The Renaissance.” Victorian Division. Modern Language Association. Chicago, IL. Jan. 9-12, 2014.
  • “Knowledge By Proxy: the Epistemology of Trust in Dickens’s Bleak House.” The North American Victorian Studies Association. University of Southern California. Pasadena, CA. October 23-27, 2013.
  • “Networked Magic: Lang and the Science of Self-Interest.” The North American Victorian Studies Association. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, WI. September 27-30, 2012.