Rae Greiner

Rae Greiner


Associate Professor, English

Editor, Victorian Studies


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Journal Articles and Other Publications

“Stupid Dickens” (curated forum), Introduction and “Dickensian Stupidity: Response,” Dickens Studies Annual 46 (2015): 321-4 and 377-83.

“The Victorian Subject: Thackeray’s Wartime Subjects.“ In The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture, Ed. Juliet John. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Bleak House: Pastoral,” Critical Quarterly.55.1 (2013): 75-93.

“Adam Bede: History’s Maggots,” The Blackwell Companion to George Eliot, eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry E. Shaw (2013).

“1909: the Introduction of ‘Empathy’ into English,” Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History (BRANCH), online-only journal (2012).

“Thinking of Me Thinking of You: Sympathy v. Empathy in the Realist Novel,” Victorian Studies 53.3 (2011): 417-26.

“The Art of Knowing Your Own Nothingness,” ELH 77.4 (Winter 2010): 893-914.

“Sympathy Time: Adam Smith, George Eliot, and the Realist Novel,” Narrative 17.3 (2009): 291-311.

Invited Talks, Lectures, and Symposia:

“Routes into Realism,” King’s College London (2015)

“Stupidity after Enlightenment,” Yale University, Baylor University, LSU, University of Missouri, Oxford University, Johns Hopkins University (2015-2016)

“On Not Knowing in Jane Austen” (lecture), IU Theater Circle Lectures Series (2014)

“Wartime Idiots in Thackeray and Scott” (symposium), “On and Around 1814,” UC Berkeley (2014)

“Stupid Thackeray, or, Barry Lyndon,” Rutgers University and Harvard University (2013)

“Charity, Sympathy, and the Victorians” (Master Class), University of Notre Dame (2013)

“Bleak House: Pastoral,” (keynote lecture), The Dickens Universe, UC Santa Cruz 2012

“Persuasion’s Cases the Forms of Realism,” Nineteenth-Century Forum, University of Michigan 2008

“New Approaches to the Novel” (symposium), UC Berkeley 2007

Grants and Awards:

  • College of Arts and Humanities Fellowship, IU 2015
  • Jesse Fine Fellowship in Practical Ethics, IU 2015
  • College of Arts and Humanities Fellowship, IU 2013
  • Trustees’ Teaching Award, IU 2012
  • Faculty Spirit Award (nominee), GLBT Student Support Services, IU 2010
  • The Poynter Center/Institute for Advanced Study Empathy Workshop grant, IU 2009-10
  • Multidisciplinary Ventures and Seminars Fund, IU 2009
  • Themester Teaching Grant, IU 2009
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, IU 2008 and 2014