Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Simon Reader

Simon Reader is a Doctoral Candidate in English and Sexual Diversity Studies. He specializes in Victorian literature, aesthetic theory, queer theory, and cultural studies of science. In his dissertation, “Thinking in Pieces: Notebooks and Notation in Victorian Britain,” Simon argues that the Victorian notebook envisions the social as a non-teleological assembly of information. Combining primary archival research with traditional literary analysis, this project enlists queer theory for its interrogation of methodological norms, attempting to rethink sociality by appealing to a supposedly minor archive. Simon has taught courses in the Department of English on subjects ranging from the Victorian novel and literary theory to aphorism and Twitter.