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.
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)
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’sBleak 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.
Courses in nineteenth-century British literature and creative writing
Professional Honors and 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.