Joshua Brorby

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Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD 2021, Washington University in St. Louis

Research and Teaching

Nineteenth-century British literature, religion and literature, literature of the British empire

Joshua Brorby teaches courses on Victorian literature, the intersections of literature and religion, the novel, and critical theory. His research focuses on nineteenth-century translators of sacred texts, “scientists” of language and religion, and the novels, poetry, and nonfiction texts that captured an emergent secularity in the Victorian period. He is currently working on his first manuscript, Faith in Translation: Imagining Religious Pluralism in Victorian Literature, which investigates the varieties of pluralism that were invented or rejected in the nineteenth century, with particular attention to claims for universality and ultimate likeness. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Religion & Literature, Dickens Quarterly, Victorian Poetry, and Restoration.

Selected Publications

“Dialects of Faith: Pluralism and Poetic Translation in F. Max Müller’s Sacred Books of the East.” Religion & Literature. Forthcoming.

“Our Mutable Inheritance: Testing Victorian Philology in Our Mutual Friend.” Dickens Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 1, 2020, pp. 47-66.

“Seeming as Believing: Epistemological Uncertainty and the World of Annus Mirabilis.” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, vol. 43, no. 1, 2019, pp. 29-50.