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Eleanor Courtemanche

Associate Professor of English
Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Faculty Affiliate of Comparative and World Literature

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Specializations / Research Interests

Economic and political approaches to Victorian fiction; history of economic theory in Europe and America; utopian novels; history of urban planning; narrative theory; irony and comedy. Affiliate of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the Program in Comparative and World Literature, and the Department of German. Affiliate of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the Program in Comparative and World Literature, and the Department of German. Blog posts are cross-posted at



Book Contributions

  • "Unintended Consequences and the Epistemology of Fraud from Dickens to Hayek." Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy. Ed. Peter Paik and Merry Wiesner-Hanks. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013. 164-76.
  • "Invisible Hands and Visionary Narrators: Why the Free Market is Like a Novel." Metaphors of Economy. Ed. Nicole Bracker and Stefan Herbrechter. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005. 69-78.

Journal Articles

  • "Satire and the "Inevitability Effect": The Structure of Utopian Fiction from "Looking Backward" to "Portlandia"." MLQ, Special Issue on "Inevitability" 76.2 (2015): 225-46.
  • "Marx, Heine, and German Cosmopolitanism: The 1844 'Deutsche-Französische Jahrbücher'." Telos 159 (2012): 49-63.
  • "'Naked Truth is the Best Eloquence': Martineau, Dickens, and the Moral Science of Realism." ELH 73.2 (2006): 383-407.
  • "Bread, Roses, and Reason: Or, Can Victorian Cultural Criticism Reform Political Economy?." Nineteenth Century Studies 16 (2002): 115-25.
  • "Kafka and the Mirror of Instrumental Reason." Journal of the Kafka Society of America 19.1-2 (1995): 16-24.

Website Articles

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Fabian Society." The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.


  • "Games that Make Nothing Happen: H. G. Wells and the Collapse of Literature." Rev. of Maps of Utopia: H.G. Wells, Modernity, and the End of Culture, by Simon J. James. Journal of Victorian Culture (2016):
  • Rev. of In the World Interior of Capital: Towards a Philosophical Theory of Globalization, by Peter Sloterdijk. German Studies Review 38.2 (2015): 476-8.
  • "Class as Literary Style." Rev. of The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature, by Franco Moretti. Contrivers' Review (2015): <>.
  • Rev. of Individualism, Decadence, and Globalization: On the Relation of Part to Whole, 1859-1920., by Regenia Gagnier. RaVoN (Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net) (2011):
  • Rev. of Reforming Philosophy: A Victorian Debate on Science and Society., by Laura J. Snyder. Nineteenth Century Contexts 31.1 (2009): 81-83.
  • Rev. of Victorian Writing About Risk: Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World., by Elaine Freedgood. Nineteenth Century Literature 56.2 (2001): 265-268.


  • Grad Courses: "The Industrial Novel and the Rise of Cultural Studies (2006), "Sexuality and Empire in the Fin de Siècle" (2009), "Victorian Socialisms" (2011), "Machine Dreams: Victorian Utopias" (2012), "The Best Recent Criticism of Victorian Novels" (2015), "Victorian Radical Politics" (2017). Selected Undergrad Courses: "Dickens and the Victorian City," "Pulp Fictions of the 1890s," "Love and Revolution in Industrial Britain," "Tales of Economic Disaster," "Victorian Utopias."