Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

Jesse Cordes Selbin

Jesse Cordes Selbin

Postdoctoral Lecturer

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


Reading,” (solicited) Victorian Literature and Culture 46.3-4 (Fall 2018): 826-31.

Introduction to co-edited special issue, “Serials, Cycles, Suspensions,” with Sara Hackenberg, Nineteenth-Century Contexts 40.5 (Fall 2018): 427-32.

"'Read with Attention': John Cassell, John Ruskin, and the History of Close Reading," Victorian Studies 58.3 (2016): 493-521.

Review essay: “Sympathetic Distance and Victorian Form,” Qui Parle 22.2 (2014): 163-175.

Translation and introduction: Claude Lefort, “International Law, Human Rights, and Politics," Qui Parle 22.1 (2013): 117-37.

I have also published thoughts on teaching and pedagogy, including "Empowered Learning: History, Collaboratively" and "Learning From the Periphery: Collaboration and the Uses of History."


Recent presentations and conference organization 

“‘A Definite Outline For Our Ignorance’: Literary Method in the Balance,” Form and Reform Conference, July 2017, University of California, Santa Cruz 

(Invited lecture) “The Social Mission of Literary Study: Creating a Reading Public in Victorian Britain,” October 2016, Southwestern University 

“Reading ‘Worth Conversing About’: Literary Attention and Social Life,” NAVSA, November 2016, Phoenix

"From Globe to Guild: Ruskin and the Worlded Reader," NAVSA, July 2015, Honolulu

Panel chair, "Doubleness, Repetition, and Looping Back in the Victorian Novel," The International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, March 2014, MIT

“‘Illustrated Labors: Text, Textile, and 'wise-talk' in Christina Rossetti's Sing-Song,” MLA, January 2014, Chicago

"The Politics of Epigraphs: Forms of Reform in the Victorian Novel," Berkeley Graduate Conference in the History of British Political Thought, October 2013, Berkeley

English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.