Literature and Ethics: Questions of Responsibility in Literary Studies

by Daniel Jernigan, Neil Murphy, Brendan Quigley, and Tamara Wagner

About Daniel Jernigan

Daniel Jernigan is assistant professor of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He holds a PhD from Purdue University. His interests include drama and theatre studies, postmodernism, playwriting, and science studies. Dr. Jernigan's essays on Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard have been published in Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, and Text and Presentation.

About Neil Murphy

Neil Murphy is associate professor of contemporary literature at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has previously taught at the University of Ulster and the American University of Beirut. He is the author of Irish Fiction and Postmodern Doubt (2004), and has edited two collections of essays, British-Asian Fiction: Framing the Contemporary (with Sim Wai Chew; 2008) and Aidan Higgins: The Fragility of Form (2009). In addition, he has published numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary Irish fiction, postmodernism, and theories of reading. He is currently writing a book on aesthetics and contemporary fiction.

About Brendan Quigley

Brendan Quigley received his BA in English from Trinity College Dublin, and his PhD in English from University of California, Irvine. His interests include early modern literature with an emphasis on Shakespeare and Milton; literary theory with an emphasis on aesthetics in the German tradition and on deconstruction; the history and theory of dramatic literature; and the history of the concept of heroism, both religious and tragic. He is currently working on a book entitled Essays on Tragic Heroism, and is in the initial stages of a companion project on the concept of love in literature and philosophy.

About Tamara Wagner

Tamara S. Wagner obtained her PhD from Cambridge University and is currently assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her books include Longing: Narratives of Nostalgia in the British Novel, 1740–1890 (2004), Occidentalism in Novels of Malaysia and Singapore, 1819–2004 (2005), and Consuming Culture in the Long Nineteenth-Century: Narratives of Consumption, 1700–1900 (2007; coedited with Narin Hassan). A collection on Antifeminism and the Victorian Novel: Rereading Nineteenth-Century Women Writers is forthcoming. Current projects include a study of financial speculation in Victorian literature and a special issue for Women’s Writing.


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