My work primarily engages connections between theories of fiction and philosophies of emotions. Although my research centers on the European Enlightenment and eighteenth-century British literature, I am generally interested in historical definitions of interior life and how changing concepts of feeling articulate themselves as problems of narrative. Should, for example, all actions be understood as originating from invisible states? How can we (and why do we need to) prove the existence of such states in human and non-human animals? What kinds of violence does the search for inner life entail, and are there alternatives? My current book project, Failures of Feeling: Insensibility and the Novel, takes up these questions in a long trajectory from early amatory tales of the Prude to Jane Austen to Bartleby. In explorations of the impassive, nonresponsive, and desensitized subjects of literary history, I argue for the unlikely importance of unfeeling—or the absence of interior states—in the emergence of what we now call psychological fiction. My teaching at NYU, and previously at Yale, covers survey courses on British literature from Chaucer to Zadie Smith, as well as specialized seminars on the long eighteenth century, Jane Austen, violence, and Enlightenment philosophy.