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Q&A: Sebastian Lecourt

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Sebastian Lecourt received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston. His research focuses on Victorian literature and questions of secularization, colonialism, and comparativism. His first book, Cultivating Belief: Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2018), considers a group of liberal intellectuals who debated whether religion was a matter of individual belief or of cultural identity, and shows how this distinction became central to liberal understandings of aesthetic agency. Lecourt is currently working on a second book project entitled The Genres of Comparative Religion, 1783-1927, which considers the role that literary forms played in constructing the nineteenth-century canon of “world religions.” His essays have appeared in PMLA, Representations, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and other journals.

What is one of your favorite nineteenth-century quotations? Early in my dissertation work I came across this line in Matthew Arnold’s Literature and Dogma...

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