Stuart Burrows received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001, and joined the Department of English at Brown University that year. He is the author of "A Familiar Strangeness: American Fiction and the Language of Photography," (Georgia, 2008) and essays in Nineteenth Century Literature, The Arizona Quarterly, NOVEL, The Henry James Review, and a variety of edited collections.
My scholarly interests include the nineteenth and twentieth century American novel, the relationship between literature and the visual arts, the history of photography, film, modernism, and rhetoric.
My first book, "A Familiar Strangeness: American Fiction and the Language of Photography," examined how the invention of the camera transformed the way American writers conceived of the limits and purpose of representation. Arguing for the centrality of photography to a set of writers commonly thought of as hostile to the cameraincluding Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, and Gertrude Steinmy book traced the photographic metaphors and allusions to the medium which appear throughout these writers' work. My essays have explored topics such as narrative identification in the novels of Raymond Chandler, servants in the work of Henry James, national identity in Willa Cather's "The Professor's House," the anti-photographic aesthetic of James Agee's "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," and desire in Luchino Visconti's "Death in Venice."
I am currently working on a book on consciousness in Henry James, which argues that identity in his work takes place in the third person.
Bronson Research Fellowship, Brown University