Joseph Lavery

Assistant Professor, Department of English
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania


Research Interests: Professor Lavery specializes in Victorian literature and culture, treating "Victorian" as a transnational and transtemporal mode of representation, a capacious set of generic conventions and formal styles available from the 1830s to the present. His research gravitates to problems of Orientalism and aesthetics (the beauty of violence, and vice versa), working with Victorian novels, poetry, non-fiction, and cinema to write a transnational cultural history of aestheticism. That book project, entitled "Empire in a Glass Case: Japanese Beauty and British Culture," develops an understanding of the British Japan-craze of the late nineteenth century as an ambivalent but hysterical response to the rise of the Japanese Empire; a response both amplified and contested in the Japanese reception of Victorian literature and culture into the twentieth century and beyond.

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