AboutProfessor of English at Scripps College, Suzanne Keen works on narrative empathy. Her interdisciplinary work draws on the novel, narrative theory, neuroscience, developmental and social psychology, and affective science. Her books include Thomas Hardy’s Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy’s Imagination (2014), Empathy and the Novel (2007), Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction (2001), Victorian Renovations of the Novel (1998), and a textbook, Narrative Form (2003, revised and expanded second edition 2015). A forthcoming volume of her selected essays, Empathy and Reading, was published by Routledge in 2022.
Education1990 Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Harvard University.
1987 M.A., English Language and Literature, Harvard University.
1986 A.M., Creative Writing, Brown University.
1984 A.B. English Literature (Honors) and Studio Art, Brown University,
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
PublicationsEmpathy and Reading. Routledge, 2022. A selection of Keen’s previous writings on narrative empathy, readers, and affective study of novels, with new framing essays and hypotheses.
Narrative Form, revised and expanded 2nd edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Thomas Hardy’s Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy’s Imagination. The Theory and Interpretation of Narrative. Ohio State UP, 2014.
Empathy and the Novel. Oxford UP, 2007.
Narrative Form. Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction. U of Toronto P, 2001.
Victorian Renovations of the Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of Representation. Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture 15. Cambridge UP, 1998.
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