Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
536 Denney Hall
Areas of Expertise
- British Romantic & Victorian literature
- Critical theory
- PhD, Columbia University, 2001
- MA, Columbia University
- BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1993
Amanpal Garcha specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, the theory and history of the novel and literary theory. He is the author of From Sketch to Novel: The Development of Victorian Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His essay on Thackeray’s Pendennis appears in Narrative Middles: Navigating the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, an edited collection published by The Ohio State University Press in 2011, and his essay on the psychology of freedom and choice in Trollope’s Can You Forgive Her? appears in The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies, published in 2012. His next book, on the rise of what he calls “careerist theory” after the economic boom of the 1990s, is under contract at The Ohio State University Press. A 2016 article in symploke, "Imagining a Professional Future: Cognitive Criticism in Our Era of Information Work," will be a part of this book. His essay on Wordsworth, “Choosing Nature: Affect and Economics in Wordsworth’s The Prelude,” appears in an edited collection entitled Wordsworth and the Green Romantics (University Press of New England, 2016). Like his essay on Trollope, this chapter is part of a larger study on economic theories of decision-making and literary representations of choice in nineteenth-century culture.
Garcha regularly serves as a faculty member for the Dickens Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was a finalist for the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007, and he has twice won the Department of English's award for Graduate Professor of the Year, in 2005 and 2014.