Neil Chudgar is an assistant professor of English at Macalester College. He studies
the ways that modern people use language to think about our relationships with the
objects that surround us. He is currently at work on two book projects. THE MODERN TOUCH
is about the sense of touch in eighteenth-century British literature and philosophy; THE
HAZARD OF LOVING THE CREATURES is about modernity, ecology, and the aesthetic category we
call the “cute.” Chudgar has presented papers on affection in Defoe’s novels, Wordsworth
and the history of kitsch, the textures of Augustan poetry, and the ethics of
Swift's satire. His essay “Swift's Gentleness” appeared in ELH 78, no. 1
(Spring 2011). 

Before coming to Macalester College in 2009, Chudgar served as a preceptor in the Master
of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of
several honors and teaching fellowships, notably the Karen Dinal Award for Excellence in
Teaching Academic Writing. He was nominated for Macalester's Educator of the Year
award in 2011. 

Ph.D., English, University of Chicago, 2009. M.A., English, University of Chicago, 2006.
B.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2001. 



Swift's Gentleness, ELH (2011)

Although Jonathan Swift is infamous for the violent physicality of his rhetoric, Gulliver's Travels repeatedly...


Selected Presentations

Cute Modernity, Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) (2013)

Yahoo Ecology, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2011)

This roundtable is about “Theories of mediation in intercultural contact.” In my contribution, I am...


Couplet Ecology, Nineteenth-Century Subfield, University of Minnesota (2010)

Pope’s Windsor-Forest hardly seems like a document of ecological thinking. In that poem, the youthful...


Enlightenment and the Resurrection of the Body, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2010)

“In very early childhood,” Freud writes, “a person shows a strong desire to touch.” We...