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, 2017), examines the role of intuition in 19th-century understandings of both moral experience and the feeling of novel-reading. He also co-edited (with Adam Grener) a special issue of journal Genre, on "Narrative against Data in the Victorian Novel."
He is currently working on a book about the development of the idea of tradition, in relation to literary studies and social thought.
"Keeping Secrets." MLQ 80.1 (March 2019). Special Issue: "Gender, History, and the Novel: Desire and Domestic Fiction after Thirty Years." (March 2019).
"The Untrusted Medium: Open Networks, Secret Writing, and Little Dorrit." Victorian Studies 59.2 (Winter 2017).
"Narrative against Data" Introduction to special issue co-edited with Adam Grener. Genre 50.1 (March 2017).
"Some Thoughts on Time Travel." Part of special symposium on "strategic presentism." Victorian Studies 59.1 (Autumn 2016)
"Maintenance Work: On Tradition and Development." b2o: an online journal
"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)