Profile: Manu S. Chander

Assistant Professor

Department of English


Manu Samriti Chander is an assistant professor in the English Department. His research interests include nineteenth-century world literature and aesthetic theory. He has published on Immanuel Kant, Pierre Bourdieu, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Percy Shelley. His current project, Brown Romantics, traces the influence of British Romanticism in the literature of South Asia, Australia, and the Americas. 

  • Courses Taught

    Global Romanticism
    Literature and Controversy
    Foundations of Literary Study
    Introduction to Graduate Literary Study
    The Romantic Period: Byron, Keats, and Shelley
    Romanticism and the Politics of the Aesthetic
    The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Nation and Empire


  • Education

    Ph.D. Brown University, English, May 2009

    A.M. Brown University, English, May 2003

    M.F.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Creative Writing, May 2001

    B.A. Wesleyan University, English, May 1999

  • Publications


    “Art Fights: The Persistence of Controversy in Modern Aesthetics,” Richard Howells, Andreea Ritivoi, and Judith Schachter, ed. Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society (London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2012), 293-302

    “Framing Difference: The Orientalist Aesthetics of David Roberts and Percy Shelley,” Keats-Shelley Journal 60 (2011): 77-94

    “Romantic Controversialism and the Universalist Vision of ‘Fears in Solitude,’” Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 34 (Winter 2009): 9-16

    “Contention and Contestation: Aesthetic Culture in Kant and Bourdieu,” Rei Terada, ed. Philosophy and Culture (Romantic Circles Praxis Series, June 2008)



    “Mahmoud Darwish: In The Presence of Absence,” The Literary Review 55.2 (Spring 2012), 215-6

    “Listening Literally,” American Book Review 25.5 (July/August 2004): 24

    “The Taste for Controversy,” New Formations 50 (Summer 2003): 172-6

  • Subjects Taught

    literary theory

  • Awards

    Rutgers University Research Council Grant: Summer 2013

    Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grant: Fall 2006

    Jean Starr Untermeyer Fellowship, Brown University: Fall 2006

    Manning Graduate Fellowship VI, Brown University: Fall 2005

    University Fellowship, Brown University: Fall 2001-Spring 2002

    Academy of American Poets Prize, University of Michigan: Fall 2000

    Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan: Fall 1999-Winter 2000

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