Department of English

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Russell Sbriglia

Research Interests

Russell Sbriglia studies early national and antebellum American literature, with an emphasis on the confluence of aesthetics, politics, moral philosophy, and epistemology during these periods. His current book project, Dissensus Communis: Conservatism and the Politics of Common Sense in Antebellum American Literature, addresses this confluence by examining the relationship between political conservatism and so-called "Common Sense" philosophy as reflected in the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frank Webb, and William Gilmore Simms, among others. In addition to his work on American literature, he is the editor of the forthcoming book Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Žižek, a collection of essays on Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek and literary criticism and theory (featuring a chapter by Žižek).

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

  • William H. Gilman Memorial Prize for outstanding PhD candidate in English or American literature, Department of English, University of Rochester, May 2013
  • Commendation for Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Humanistic Sciences, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, University of Rochester, May 2013
  • Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, University of Rochester, spring 2012
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, University of Rochester, spring 2011

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • Courses in American literature (colonial to 1900), American studies, composition

Selected Publications

  • "Feeling Right, Doing Wrong: Poe, Perversity, and the Cunning of Unreason," in Poe Studies 46 (2013)
  • "Revision and Identification: Emerson and the Ethics of Skepticism and Sympathy," in Arizona Quarterly 66.2 (2010), 1-33
Work in Progress
  • Dissensus Communis: Conservatism and the Politics of Common Sense in Antebellum American Literature
  • Editor, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Žižek(under review)