Profile: Manu Samriti Chander

Assistant Professor

Department of English


Manu Samriti Chander is an assistant professor in the English Department. His research interests include British Romanticism, colonialism and postcolonialism, and aesthetic theory. He is the author of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century, forthcoming from Bucknell University Press, and the editor of Egbert Martin: Scriptology (Caribbean Press, 2014). He currently is developing a second book project, Art Fights: Aesthetic Controversy and the Lessons of Modernity, which pursues a cultural trajectory from poetic works of Wordsworth and Keats, to the novels of Mark Twain and Vladimir Nabokov, and the films of D.W. Griffith and Stanley Kubrick.

  • Courses Taught

    Global Romanticism
    Literature and Controversy
    Foundations of Literary Study
    Introduction to Graduate Literary Study
    The Romantic Period
    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


    Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Buckell University Press, forthcoming)

    Egbert Martin: Scriptology, edited (Guyana Classics Library, 2014)



    “The First Indian Poet in English: Henry Louis Vivian Derozio,” Rosinka Chaudhury, ed. The Cambridge History of Indian Poetry in English (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2016), 21-31

    “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)



    Paul Youngquist, ed.: Race, Romanticism, and the Atlantic (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840 21 (Winter 2013)

    Mahmoud Darwish: In The Presence of Absence (New York: Archipelago, 2011), The Literary Review 55.2 (Spring 2012), 215-6

    Willie Perdomo: Smoking Lovely (New York: Rattapallax, 2004), American Book Review 25.5 (July/August 2004): 24

    Dave Beech and John Roberts, ed.: The Philistine Controversy (London: Verso, 2002), New Formations 50 (Summer 2003): 172-6


    Electronic Publications

    Global Romanticism (Blog), Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840 

  • Subjects Taught

    literary theory

  • Awards

    Center for Cultural Analysis Fellowship, Rutgers University: 2016-2017

    Quality Online Course Initiative Grant, Office of Academic Technology, Rutgers University: 2016

    Rutgers University Research Council Grant: 2013-2015

    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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