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About Neil Chudgar

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.

Research Interests

eighteenth-century British literature, early modern philosophy, history of sensation, object studies, ecology, and ontology