Faculty

Supritha Rajan

Associate Professor of English
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

415 Morey Hall
(585) 275-9263
supritharajan@rochester.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Research Overview

Supritha Rajan’s scholarship is situated at the intersection of literature, intellectual history, and philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the Romantic and Victorian literary periods.  Her first book, A Tale of Two Capitalisms: Sacred Economics in Nineteenth-Century Britain, reconsiders traditional understandings of capitalism by examining the shared disciplinary genealogies of nineteenth-century literature, anthropology, and political economy. A Tale of Two Capitalisms received the 2016 MLA Prize for a First Book. Rajan is currently at work on a second scholarly book project, entitled Transparent Forms: Thinking, Feeling, and Doing in the Human and Natural SciencesTransparent Forms investigates the overlapping methodologies and cognitive attitudes that operated across the human and natural sciences after the Enlightenment. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Victorian Literature and Culture and Nineteenth-Century Prose, and her research has received fellowship support from the American Council of Learned Societies.  In addition to her scholarship, Rajan has completed a collection of poems entitled, Fabula, and is at work on a second collection.

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.

Selected Book Covers

Teaching

  • 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.