Professor Abigail Zitin teaches eighteenth-century British literature in the English Department at Rutgers. She has also taught at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and at Brown University, where she was the 2014–15 Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. Her book, Practical Form, explores how practicing artists theorized beauty and contributed to a developing philosophical discourse on aesthetics throughout the eighteenth century. Her other scholarly interests, similarly, focus on the intersection between philosophy and literature, taking in eighteenth-century poetry, narrative fiction and the psychology of addiction, and ideas about education in the so-called Enlightenment, which will be the topic of her Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar. Before attending graduate school at the University of Chicago, she wrote dictionary entries as a member of the North American Editorial Unit of the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Department of English