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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 303, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5492
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Jess Keiser
Associate Professor


Ph.D., Cornell University
B.A., Tufts University

Research Interests

  • Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • History of Science
  • History and Theory of the Novel
  • Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics
  • Philosophy and Literature

Selected Publications

Nervous Fictions: Literary Form and the Enlightenment Origins of Neuroscience (University of Virginia Press, 2020)

Nervous Figures: Enlightenment Neurology and the Personified Mind,"
ELH 82 (2015)

"Very Like a Whale: Metaphor and Materialism in Hobbes and Swift,"
Modern Philology, November 2015

"What's the Matter with Madness?: John Locke and the Physiology of Thought" in Enabling: The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Chris Mounsey (Bucknell University Press, 2014)