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Dr. Patrick Fessenbecker received his doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University in 2014. His current book project, entitled Novels and Ideas, uses the reflections on moral deliberation and agency in a series of nineteenth-century British novels as the primary examples for a broader argument about the value intellectual content can give to a work of literary art. He works more generally on issues in philosophy and literature, especially the philosophy of literature.
Dr. Fessenbecker has presented research at a variety of conferences, including the general meetings of the American Comparative Literature Association, the North America Victorian Studies Association, and the Northeastern Victorian Studies Association. His reviews have appeared in Modern Language Notes, Review 19, and the Journal of Literary Theory. His essays “Freedom, Self-Obligation, and Selfhood in Henry James” and “Jane Austen on Love and Pedagogical Power” appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Studies in English Literature, respectively, and his award-winning essay “In Defense of Paraphrase” appeared in New Literary History. His most recent essay, “Anthony Trollope on Akrasia, Self-Deception, and Ethical Confusion,” appeared in 2014 in Victorian Studies.