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Jonathan Loesberg Prof Emeritus Literature

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Literature Professor
PhD, Cornell University

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Professor Loesberg has written three books, Fictions of Consciousness: Mill, Newman and the Reading of Victorian Prose; Aestheticism and Deconstruction: Pater, Derrida, and De Man; and A Return to Aesthetics: Autonomy, Indifference, and Postmodernism. He is also the author of numerous articles on Victorian literature, the novel, literary theory, and the connections between literature and philosophy.
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Literature Department
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  • Prose Studies
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • "Eliot, Evolution and Aesthetics" in Companion to George Eliot, eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry Shaw.
  •     “Kant’s Aesthetics and Wilde Form,” Victoriographies, 1.1 (2011), 79-85.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • “Browning Believing: ‘A Death in the Desert’ and the Status of Belief” Victorian Literature and Culture, 38 (2010), 209-238.
  • Entry on “Aestheticism” accepted by Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.
  • “Darwin, Natural Theology, and Slavery: A Justification of Browning’s ‘Caliban,” ELH, 75 (Winter, 2008), 871-897.
  • “Kant, Hume, Darwin and Design:Why Intelligent Design Wasn’t Science Before Darwin and Still Isn’t,” The Philosophical Forum, 38  (Summer, 2007), 95-123.

AU News & Achievements

Professor Richard Breitman (third from left) with colleagues and friends at the April 13 retirement ceremony.

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College of Arts and Sciences Honors Retiring Faculty

Seven distinguished faculty members retire after long careers at AU.
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