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George Levine

English and Comparative Literature
Rutgers University

George Levine, Kenneth Burke Professor of English Literature Emeritus at Rutgers University, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He taught at Indiana University, then moved to Rutgers in 1968 to establish the new English Department at Livingston College and then chaired the new unified Rutgers English Department.  In 1986 he founded the Center for Cultural Analysis, which he directed for twenty years. He has won NEH, Rockefeller Foundation, and Guggenheim fellowships, and has been a visiting fellow at Girton College, Cambridge.

He has published widely on Darwin, including Darwin and the Novelists (1988) and Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-enchantment of the World (2006).

His more centrally literary books include The Boundaries of Fiction (1968) and The Realistic Imagination (1981).  His most recent books are Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative (2002), How to Read the Victorian Novel (2007), and Realism, Ethics, and Secularism: Essays in Victorian Literature and Science (2008).  He teaches a course each year at NYU as Distinguished Scholar in Residence.