Aaron KAISERMAN

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Aaron KAISERMAN

PhD English, University of Ottawa (2016); MA English, Carleton University (2008); BA English, Carleton University (2007); Bachelor of Humanities, Carleton University (2006)


Work E-mail: akaiserm@uottawa.ca

Biography

University Degrees

PhD English, University of Ottawa (2016)

MA English, Carleton University (2008)

BA English, Carleton University (2007)

Bachelor of Humanities, Carleton University (2006)

Biography

My research background on shifting ideas about Jews in fiction has led me to a more general interest in the ways that marginalized identities are characterized by western authors, as well as how those characterizations are reimagined and reappropriated by those marginalized groups. This in turn has led to some dabbling in gender theory and postcolonial theory.

In reading and teaching fiction, I prefer to consider the multiplicity of influences – personal, communal, ideological, material, etc. – along with the conventions of writing across historical periods and contexts that both limit and enable conversations about our world, as well as about how our lived and unlived experiences can be explored in writing.

Doctoral Thesis

Jews and the English Nation: An Intertextual Approach to Evolving Representations of Jews in British Romantic Fiction

Fields of Interest

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers

Representations of Jews in Fiction

History of the Novel

Middle-Grade Fiction

Courses Taught

ENG 1100: Workshop in Essay Writing

ENG 1120: Literature and Composition (Identity) 

ENG 2106: Introduction to British Literature II: 1700 to the Present

ENG 2110: Children’s Literature

Publications

Evolutions of Jewish Character in British Fiction: Nor Yet Redeemed. Routledge, 2018.

‘“Wandering through Bowers Beloved’: The Wandering Jew and the Woman Poet in Caroline Norton’s The Undying One.” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies Vol. 11.1 (Spring 2015)  

“(De)Radicalism: Rootlessness and the Subversive Power of Money in Godwin’s Caleb Williams and St Leon.Lumen Vol. 32 (2013)

Conference Presentations

“Moral Tales for Undergraduates: Teaching Maria Edgeworth’s ‘The Good Aunt.’”Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Ottawa, Ontario, August 2017.  

“‘You Can’t Naturalize What’s Naturally Unnatural’: Toleration and Jewish Belonging in Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington.Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 2015.

“Other Voices: Jewish Responses to Stereotypes in Romantic Literature.” Conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies, Dublin, Ireland, July 2014.

“‘To Try the Experiment upon the Children of Israel’: Tobias Smollett’s reconfigurations of the Literary Jew.” Conference of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, London, Ontario, October 2013.   

“‘Common Sense Revolution and Uncommon Women’: Elizabeth Hamilton's Memoirs of Modern Philosophers." Conference of the East Coast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, State College, Pennsylvania, November 2011.

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