Nate Crocker

Cohort Year: 2020
Research Interests: Victorian Literature; Narrative and Lyric Theory; Feminism and Queer Studies; Critical Race Theory


My research considers the intersection of narration and “dirt”—both figurative dirt, in the sense of Mary Douglas’s definition (“matter out of place”), as well as literal dirt, waste, and other abject matter represented in the modern novel. In particular, I explore how interpreting the substance of narration as something like dirt rearranges critical approaches to narrative theory.

Before coming to the University of Chicago, I received my BA in English from the University of Toronto.