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Daniel Cottom

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Professor Cottom is the author of The Civilized Imagination: A Study of Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, and Sir Walter Scott (1985), Social Figures: George Eliot, Social History, and Literary Representation (1987), Text and Culture: The Politics of Interpretation (1989), Abyss of Reason: Cultural Movements, Revelations, and Betrayals (1991), Ravishing Tradition: Cultural Forces and Literary History (1996), Cannibals & Philosophers: Bodies of Enlightenment (2001), Why Education Is Useless (2003), Unhuman Culture (2006), and International Bohemia (2013). His essays have appeared in journals such as ELH, Novel, Critical Inquiry, Representations, and SubStance. His teaching interests include literary and cultural theory, cultural studies, and nineteenth-century English literature. In his courses he emphasizes the importance of student initiative and participation, even at the cost of his own (always precarious) peace of mind.
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