Adam Grener

Lecturer School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

The novel, Victorian literature and culture, narrative theory.

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BA (hons) Vanderbilt
MA Cornell
PhD Cornell

Current research projects

  • Improbable Realism: Chance, Coincidence, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel – a book-length project examining the realist practices of Austen, Scott, Dickens, Trollope, and Hardy within the interconnected frameworks of narrative theory ("probability" as representational criterion) and intellectual history (the "probabilistic revolution" of the nineteenth century).
  • “Mapping Systems in Dombey and Son” – an essay examining the interconnections between empire and ecology in Dickens’s novel, for the edited collection Ecological Forms: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (eds. Nathan Hensley and Philip Steer).

Areas of supervision

  • Nineteenth-century British literature and culture
  • The novel
  • Narrative theory
  • Literary theory

Recent publication

  • “The Language of Chance and the Form of Phineas Finn,” Genre 50.1 (forthcoming, 2017)
  • Co-editor (with Jesse Rosenthal) of “Narrative Against Data in the Victorian Novel,” a special issue of Genre 50.1 (forthcoming, 2017)
  • "Hardy's Relics," Modern Philology 114.1 (2016): 106-129.
  • "Coincidence as Realist Technique: Improbable Encounters and the Representation of Selfishness in Martin Chuzzlewit." Narrative 20.3 (2012): 322-42.