Keynote Speakers

Mary Jean Corbett is Professor of English and Affiliate of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the long nineteenth century. She is the author of Representing Femininity: Middle-Class Subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian Women’s Autobiographies (Oxford UP, 1992); Allegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790-1870: History, Politics, and the Family from Edgeworth to Arnold (Cambridge UP, 2000); and Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf (Cornell UP, 2008). Supported by an ACLS Fellowship, her current research explores late-Victorian contexts for the life and writing of Virginia Woolf.

Nancy Yousef is Professor of English at the Graduate Center and Baruch College, CUNY.  She specializes in literature and philosophy of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Her research interests include intersections between ethics, psychoanalysis and literary representation. She is the author of Isolated Cases (Cornell University Press, 2004) and, most recently, Romantic Intimacy (Stanford UP, 2013), which was awarded the Jean-Paul Barricelli prize for outstanding work in romanticism.  Her current project, tentatively entitled “The Aesthetics of the Commonplace,” explores theoretical and methodological efforts to define the “ordinary” as the distinctive terrain of artistic investigation.