Adam Grener

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Lecturer School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies

Courses

Teaching in 2018

Research interests

The novel, Victorian literature and culture, narrative theory.

Qualifications

BA (hons) Vanderbilt
MA Cornell
PhD Cornell

Current research projects

    Improbable Realism: Chance, the Rise of Statistics and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel – A monograph examining the realist practices of Austen, Scott, Dickens, Trollope and Hardy within the interconnected frameworks of narrative theory (“probability” as aesthetic criterion) and intellectual history (the “probabilistic revolution” of the 19th century).

    Digital Dickens Notes Project – Led by Anna Gibson (Duquesne University), this project explores Dickens’s “Working Notes” for his novels. In addition to providing colour digitisations of the Notes, the online platform will provide scholarly annotations and pedagogical resources to analyse Dickens’s complex compositional practices. [http://dickensnotes.com/]

    Dickens and Data Science – An interdisciplinary collaboration with Markus Luczak-Roesch (VUW School of Information Management) that uses computational methods to analyse Dickens’s character networks through the lens of information science and network theory. Our interactive tool allows users to explore Dickens’s character systems through a range of visualisations. [https://vuw-fair.github.io/dickens-and-data-science/]

Areas of supervision

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

Recent publications

    A. Grener, “Mapping the ‘Invisible Region, Far Away’ in Dombey and Son,” in Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire. Edited by Nathan Hensley and Philip Steer (forthcoming).

    M. Luczak-Roesch, A. Grener, & E. Fenton, “Not-So-Distant Reading: A Dynamic Network Approach to Literature,” IT: Information Technology, vol. 60, no. 1, February 2018.

    M. Luczak-Roesch, A. Grener & E. Fenton, “Twenty-Thousand Leagues Above the Book: An Interactive Visual Analytics Approach to Literature.” Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work, pp. 94-97. doi: 10.1145/3148330.3154507

    A. Grener and J. Rosenthal, editors, “Narrative Against Data in the Victorian Novel,” a special issue of Genre, Vol. 50, no. 1, April 2017, 152 pp.

    A. Grener, “The Language and Chance and the Form of Phineas Finn.” Genre, vol. 50, no. 1, April 2017, pp. 77-95.

    A. Grener, “Hardy’s Relics.” Modern Philology, vol. 114, no. 1, August 2016, pp. 106-29.

    A. Grener, “Coincidence as Realist Technique: Improbable Encounters and the Representation of Selfishness in Martin Chuzzlewit.” Narrative, vol. 20, no. 3, October 2012, pp. 322-42.

Courses

Teaching in 2018