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Catherine Toal

Catherine Toal received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her dissertation was awarded the University's prizes in Nineteenth-Century Literature and American Literature in 2002.  She joined the ECLA faculty following a Junior Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century French, English, American and German literature, and literary and critical theory.
In 2011 she was Director of the International Summer University Prussia - Philosophy, Rebellion and the State

Classes Taught at ECLA:

AY Core Courses:
The School of Greece
Legitimacy in Modernity (coordinator)
Property (coordinator)

PY Core Courses:
Introduction to Marx
Reading Freud
The French Revolution
Shakespeare's Hamlet

The Rise of the Novel
Theories of Narrative
Reading Henry James
Louis-Ferdinand Céline
The Enlightenment Bildungsroman
The King James Bible
Flaubert and Realism

PY Projects Supervised at ECLA:

Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project
Concepts of Authorship and the Postmodern Novel
Theories of Dramatic Language in Modernist Aesthetics
Nineteenth-Century French Poetry

General Teaching Interests:

The Novel; Theories of Narrative; Psychoanalysis; Critical Theory


"Murder and 'Point of View,'" forthcoming in Comparative Literature.
"Transitional Styx," Poetry Ireland Review 103 (2011) 116-120.

"Some Things Which Could Never Have Happened": Fiction, Identification, and Benito Cereno, Nineteenth-Century Literature 61. 1 (2006) 32-66.

"Corrections: Contemporary American Melancholy', special issue on 'Culture and Melancholy," Journal of European Studies 33. 130-1 (2003). 305-323.

"Control Experiment: Edgeworth's Critique of Rousseau's Educational Theory," An Uncomfortable Authority: Maria Edgeworth and her Contexts, ed. Chris Fauske and Heidi Kaufmann, (Newark DE: University of Delaware Press, 2004).

"F.R. Leavis," Dictionary of European Critical and Cultural Theorists (Charlotte NC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2001).

"The Summit of Violence': Cruelty in the Work of Artaud, Blanchot and Bataille," Paroles Gelées 18. 2. (2000), 64-77.