Jesse Rosenthal

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Gilman 30E


Jesse Rosenthal's research and teaching interests focus on the Victorian novel, and the theory of the novel more generally. His first book, entitled Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel  (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2016), examines the role of intuition in 19th-century understandings of both moral experience and the feeling of novel-reading.

He is currently working on a book about the structure of literary tradition, and its relation to the idea of character development in the novel. Other research interests include the applications of computer-aided quantitative methods to literary analysis.

"Narrative Against Data" Co-Editor and Introduction. Special Issue of "Genre" (forthcoming 2017).

"The Newgate Novel." in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).

"Wit and Humor." in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).

"Being in the Plot: Action, Intuition, and Trolleys." boundary 2. 40.2 (Summer 2013)

"The Large Novel and the Law of Large Numbers, or Why George Eliot Hates Gambling." ELH 77.3 (Fall 2010)

"The Newgate Novel Controversy and the Birth of the Victorian Novel." in BRANCH (Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History). (Forthcoming).

Review of Caroline Levine and Mario Ortiz-Robles, "Narrative Middles" (Ohio State, 2011), in \emph{RAVON} 64 (October 2013)

Review of John R. Reed, "Dickens's Hyperrealism" (Ohio State, 2010), in Victorian Studies 54.2 (Winter 2011)