Manu Samriti Chander

Manu Samriti Chander


mchander [at]



Office Location

360 Dr. Martin L. King Blvd.
Hill Hall 516
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Manu Samriti Chander is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Brown University. His first monograph, Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Bucknell, 2017), examined the appropriation of British Romantic tropes by colonial poets throughout the nineteenth century. He has also edited a collection of short fiction by the nineteenth-century Guyanese author, Egbert Martin (Caribbean Press, 2014), and co-edited, with Tricia A. Matthew, a special issue of European Romantic Review on generic experimentation in Romantic abolitionist literature. Professor Chander is currently working on The Collected Works of Egbert Martin, with the support of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, and developing a second monograph, Browntology, currently under contract with SUNY Press. Professor Chander serves as the department's union  representative and is a member of Executive Committee of the Newark Chapter of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT.

Courses Taught

  • The Romantic Period
  • Romanticism and the Politics of the Aesthetic
  • The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Nation and Empire
  • Global Romanticism
  • Introduction to Global Literatures
  • Cosmopolitanism 
  • Literature and Controversy
  • Foundations of Literary Study
  • Introduction to Graduate Literary Study


  • Romanticism
  • World literature
  • Postcolonialism
  • Literary theory


  • MLA Humanities in Five Public Engagement Prize, 2019
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, 2018-2019
  • Antronette Yancey Memorial Scholarship, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, 2017
  • Center for Cultural Analysis Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2016-2017
  • Rutgers University Research Council Grant, 2013-2015
  • Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grant, 2006
  • Jean Starr Untermeyer Fellowship, Brown University, 2006
  • Manning Graduate Fellowship VI, Brown University, 2005
  • University Fellowship, Brown University,  2001-Spring 2002
  • Academy of American Poets Prize, University of Michigan, 2000
  • Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1999-200


    • Ph.D. Brown University, English, May 2009
    • A.M. Brown University, English, May 2003
    • M.F.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Creative Writing, May 2001
    • B.A. Wesleyan University, English, May 1999



    • Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Buckell University Press, 2017; paperback 2019)
    • Egbert Martin: Scriptology, edited (Caribbean Press, 2014)


    Selected Articles

    • “The Making of Guianese Reading Audiences,” in Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis, ed. Worlding the South: Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture and the British Southern Colonies (Manchester UP), forthcoming
    • “Romantic Diversitarianism: Problems and Promises,” European Romantic Review 31:3 (2020), 295-300
    • “Cousin Theory: Brown Kinship and Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel,” co-authored with Joseph Pierce, Victorian Studies Vol 62.3 (Spring 2020), 474-85
    • “Romanticism and Metonymic Decolonization,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 33:1 (2020), 99-101
    • “Introduction: Abolitionist Interruptions: Romanticism, Slavery, and Genre,” co-authored with Patricia A. Matthew, in Manu Samriti Chander and Patricia A. Matthew, ed. “Romantic Genres of British Abolitionist Literature,” special issue of European Romantic Review 29.4 (2018), 431-4
    • “The First Indian Poet in English: Henry Louis Vivian Derozio,” Rosinka Chaudhury, ed. The Cambridge History of Indian Poetry in English (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2016), 21-31
    • “Art Fights: The Persistence of Controversy in Modern Aesthetics,” Richard Howells, Andreea Ritivoi, and Judith Schachter, ed. Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society (London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2012), 293-302
    • “Framing Difference: The Orientalist Aesthetics of David Roberts and Percy Shelley,” Keats-Shelley Journal 60 (2011): 77-94
    • “Romantic Controversialism and the Universalist Vision of ‘Fears in Solitude,’” Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 34 (Winter 2009): 9-16
    • Contention and Contestation: Aesthetic Culture in Kant and Bourdieu,” Rei Terada, ed. Philosophy and Culture (Romantic Circles Praxis Series, June 2008)

     Public Writing


      • Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud, Radical Orientalism: Rights, Reform, and Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015), Nineteenth-Century Literature 73.3 (December 2018): 409-12
      • Paul Youngquist, ed.: Race, Romanticism, and the Atlantic (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840 21 (Winter 2013)
      • Mahmoud Darwish: In The Presence of Absence (New York: Archipelago, 2011), The Literary Review 55.2 (Spring 2012), 215-6
      • Willie Perdomo: Smoking Lovely (New York: Rattapallax, 2004), American Book Review 25.5 (July/August 2004): 24
      • Dave Beech and John Roberts, ed.: The Philistine Controversy (London: Verso, 2002), New Formations 50 (Summer 2003): 172-6