Daniel WilliamsLecturer in Discipline in English and Comparative Literature408D Philosophy Hall
Office Hours:Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm(212) 854-3215
Areas of Interest :19th-century British literature and culture; 20th-/21st-century South/Southern African literature; history of science and science studies; law and literature; animal studies; environmental humanities/ecocriticism
Ph.D., Harvard University (2015); M.Phil., University of Cambridge (2008); A.B., Harvard College (2006)
Daniel Williams specializes in 19th-century British literature and culture (especially the novel). His current book manuscript explores uncertainty as a phenomenon in the 19th-century British novel, understood in the context of developments in science, philosophy, and the law. He is also at work on a second project about weather, climate, and social representation in 19th-century literary and scientific discourses across Britain and the empire. Beyond the Victorian era, he is interested in the literature of South and Southern Africa, especially with respect to topics concerning the status of nonhuman animals and the environment.
His articles and reviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals such as ELH, Novel, Studies in the Novel, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Modern Language Notes, Comparative Literary Studies, Genre, Anglia, and Safundi, as well as in edited collections including The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence and The Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities. He is co-editing a special issue of Poetics Today on “Logic and Literary Form,” the product of a two-day interdisciplinary conference that he also jointly organized at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017.
He has been the recipient of a Gates Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2007-2008) and a Junior Fellowship at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University (2015-2018).