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Tina Young Choi

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Department of English

Associate Professor
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Office: Atkinson Building, 532
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 22568
Email: englchr@yorku.ca


Tina Young Choi specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with a particular interest in the intersections between scientific and literary narrative.

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Her published work includes a monograph, Anonymous Connections: The Body and Narratives of the Social in Victorian Britain (Michigan, 2015), and articles on a range of interdisciplinary subjects, such as early-nineteenth-century poetry about the vaccinated body, the emergence of statistics and understandings of “risk” in the 1830s and 40s, and the narrative treatment of thermodynamic principles in mid-Victorian scientific texts. Her course offerings also focus on the nineteenth century; they include an undergraduate survey of nineteenth-century British literature and culture, an honours seminar on the Victorian city, and graduate seminars on Victorian sexuality, the historical novel from Scott to Eliot, and the literary culture of the 1840s. Her newest research project considers probabilistic thinking in nineteenth-century science, economics, and literature. She is especially interested in the shaping of Victorian subjectivities around contingently imagined futures – around hypothetical “if, then” narratives and the possible consequences to which they give rise. A preliminary portion of this new project, on the use of hypothetical language in works by Charles Darwin, Robert Chambers, and George Eliot, appeared in the 2009 Darwin Anniversary issue of Victorian Studies.

She is a member of the Graduate Faculty in Science and Technology Studies at York University, and also held the George Whalley Visiting Professorship in the English Department at Queen's University in 2019.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University

Professional Leadership

Advisory Board, North American Victorian Studies Association (2019-21)
President, Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (2015-17)
Member of the Executive, Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (2013-15, 2017-19)

Community Contributions

DEPARTMENT of ENGLISH, YORK UNIVERSITY:
Committee on Teaching (2007-2011; 2013-17, 2019-20).

GRADUATE PROGRAM in ENGLISH, YORK UNIVERSITY:
Professionalization Workshop Program Coordinator (2008-11; 2013-15);
Graduate Scholarships and Prizes Committee (2006-2009, 2012-18, 2019-20).

EXTRADEPARTMENTAL: Steering Committee, Victorian Studies Network at York (2008-present)

Research Interests

English , Science and Technology, Victorian novels, Victorian science, statistics, history of narrative, Charles Dickens
Books

Publication
Year

Anonymous Connections: The Body and Narratives of the Social in Victorian Britain. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016.     http://www.press.umich.edu/8296857/anonymous_connections

2016

Medicine and Sanitary Science. An edited volume in a 6-volume series, Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain. Gen. Ed. Michelle Allen-Emerson. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012.     http://www.pickeringchatto.com/titles/1043-sanitary-reform-in-victorian-britain

2012

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Physics Disarmed: Probabilistic Knowledge in the Works of James Clerk Maxwell and George Eliot.” Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain. Ed. Christine Lehleiter. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2016. 130-52.

2016

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Reviews in Victorian Studies, Isis, Prose Studies, and The Journal of British Studies.


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Causality.” [co-authored with Edward Jones-Imhotep.] Victorian Literature and Culture 46.3-4 (2018): 604-08.

2018

“Slow Causality: The Function of Narrative in an Age of Climate Change.” [co-authored with Barbara Leckie.] Victorian Studies 60.4 (2018): 565-87.

2018

“Producing the Past: The Native Arts, Mass Tourism, and Souvenirs in Victorian India.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 17.1 (2016): 50-70.

2016

“The Railway Guide’s Experiments in Cartography: Narrative, Information, Advertising.” Victorian Studies. 57.2 (2015): 251-83.

2015

"The Late-Victorian Histories of Indian Art Objects: Politics and Aesthetics in Jaipur’s Albert Hall Museum.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 41.2 (2013): 199-217.

2013

“Vaccination, Poetry, and an Early-Nineteenth-Century Physiology of the Self.” Literature and Medicine 29 (2011): 58-80.

2011

“Natural History’s Hypothetical Moments: Narratives of Contingency in Victorian Culture.” Victorian Studies 51 (2009): 273-95.

2009

“Forms of Closure: The First Law of Thermodynamics and Victorian Narrative.” ELH 74 (2007): 301-322.

2007

“Narrating the Unexceptional: The Art of Medical Inquiry in Victorian England and the Present.” Literature and Medicine 22 (2003): 65-83.

2003

“Writing the Victorian City: Discourses of Risk, Connection, and Inevitability.” Victorian Studies 43 (2001): 561-589.

2001

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Lyell’s Experimental History,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) (London, Ontario), November 2014

2014

“Statistical Uncertainty and the Limits of Knowledge in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda,” Modern Language Association (MLA) (Boston), January 2013

2013

"Making Sense of Time and Space: Nineteenth-Century Railway Guides and the Cultivation of Geographical Literacy,” NAVSA (joint supernumerary conference with the Australian Association for Victorian Studies and the British Association for Victorian Studies) (Venice, Italy), June 2013

2013

“Mapping Progress in Victorian Board Games,” NAVSA (Nashville, TN), November 2011

2011

“Eliot’s Uncertainties,” NAVSA (Montreal), November 2010

2010

“Probable Feelings,” MLA (Philadelphia), December 2009

2009

“The Analytical Engine and Babbage’s Visions of the Future,” Romantic Disorder: Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge, 1750-1850 (University of London, UK), June 2009

2009

“Aesthetics and Artisanship in the Late-Nineteenth-Century Indian Museum,” NAVSA (Yale University), November 2008

2008

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Bodies, Interstices, and the Victorian Imagination,” Membranes, Surfaces, Boundaries Workshop Proceedings. Berlin, Germany: Max-Planck-Institut for the History of Science, 2011

2011


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/EN2250 6.0 A Intro to British Lit SEMR
Fall 2020 GS/EN6424 3.0 A Victorian Sexualities SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/EN2250 6.0 A Intro to British Lit SEMR


Tina Young Choi specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with a particular interest in the intersections between scientific and literary narrative.

Her published work includes a monograph, Anonymous Connections: The Body and Narratives of the Social in Victorian Britain (Michigan, 2015), and articles on a range of interdisciplinary subjects, such as early-nineteenth-century poetry about the vaccinated body, the emergence of statistics and understandings of “risk” in the 1830s and 40s, and the narrative treatment of thermodynamic principles in mid-Victorian scientific texts. Her course offerings also focus on the nineteenth century; they include an undergraduate survey of nineteenth-century British literature and culture, an honours seminar on the Victorian city, and graduate seminars on Victorian sexuality, the historical novel from Scott to Eliot, and the literary culture of the 1840s. Her newest research project considers probabilistic thinking in nineteenth-century science, economics, and literature. She is especially interested in the shaping of Victorian subjectivities around contingently imagined futures – around hypothetical “if, then” narratives and the possible consequences to which they give rise. A preliminary portion of this new project, on the use of hypothetical language in works by Charles Darwin, Robert Chambers, and George Eliot, appeared in the 2009 Darwin Anniversary issue of Victorian Studies.

She is a member of the Graduate Faculty in Science and Technology Studies at York University, and also held the George Whalley Visiting Professorship in the English Department at Queen's University in 2019.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University

Professional Leadership

Advisory Board, North American Victorian Studies Association (2019-21)
President, Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (2015-17)
Member of the Executive, Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (2013-15, 2017-19)

Community Contributions

DEPARTMENT of ENGLISH, YORK UNIVERSITY:
Committee on Teaching (2007-2011; 2013-17, 2019-20).

GRADUATE PROGRAM in ENGLISH, YORK UNIVERSITY:
Professionalization Workshop Program Coordinator (2008-11; 2013-15);
Graduate Scholarships and Prizes Committee (2006-2009, 2012-18, 2019-20).

EXTRADEPARTMENTAL: Steering Committee, Victorian Studies Network at York (2008-present)

Research Interests

English , Science and Technology, Victorian novels, Victorian science, statistics, history of narrative, Charles Dickens

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Physics Disarmed: Probabilistic Knowledge in the Works of James Clerk Maxwell and George Eliot.” Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain. Ed. Christine Lehleiter. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2016. 130-52.

2016

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Reviews in Victorian Studies, Isis, Prose Studies, and The Journal of British Studies.


Books

Publication
Year

Anonymous Connections: The Body and Narratives of the Social in Victorian Britain. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016.     http://www.press.umich.edu/8296857/anonymous_connections

2016

Medicine and Sanitary Science. An edited volume in a 6-volume series, Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain. Gen. Ed. Michelle Allen-Emerson. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012.     http://www.pickeringchatto.com/titles/1043-sanitary-reform-in-victorian-britain

2012

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Causality.” [co-authored with Edward Jones-Imhotep.] Victorian Literature and Culture 46.3-4 (2018): 604-08.

2018

“Slow Causality: The Function of Narrative in an Age of Climate Change.” [co-authored with Barbara Leckie.] Victorian Studies 60.4 (2018): 565-87.

2018

“Producing the Past: The Native Arts, Mass Tourism, and Souvenirs in Victorian India.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 17.1 (2016): 50-70.

2016

“The Railway Guide’s Experiments in Cartography: Narrative, Information, Advertising.” Victorian Studies. 57.2 (2015): 251-83.

2015

"The Late-Victorian Histories of Indian Art Objects: Politics and Aesthetics in Jaipur’s Albert Hall Museum.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 41.2 (2013): 199-217.

2013

“Vaccination, Poetry, and an Early-Nineteenth-Century Physiology of the Self.” Literature and Medicine 29 (2011): 58-80.

2011

“Natural History’s Hypothetical Moments: Narratives of Contingency in Victorian Culture.” Victorian Studies 51 (2009): 273-95.

2009

“Forms of Closure: The First Law of Thermodynamics and Victorian Narrative.” ELH 74 (2007): 301-322.

2007

“Narrating the Unexceptional: The Art of Medical Inquiry in Victorian England and the Present.” Literature and Medicine 22 (2003): 65-83.

2003

“Writing the Victorian City: Discourses of Risk, Connection, and Inevitability.” Victorian Studies 43 (2001): 561-589.

2001

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Lyell’s Experimental History,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) (London, Ontario), November 2014

2014

“Statistical Uncertainty and the Limits of Knowledge in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda,” Modern Language Association (MLA) (Boston), January 2013

2013

"Making Sense of Time and Space: Nineteenth-Century Railway Guides and the Cultivation of Geographical Literacy,” NAVSA (joint supernumerary conference with the Australian Association for Victorian Studies and the British Association for Victorian Studies) (Venice, Italy), June 2013

2013

“Mapping Progress in Victorian Board Games,” NAVSA (Nashville, TN), November 2011

2011

“Eliot’s Uncertainties,” NAVSA (Montreal), November 2010

2010

“Probable Feelings,” MLA (Philadelphia), December 2009

2009

“The Analytical Engine and Babbage’s Visions of the Future,” Romantic Disorder: Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge, 1750-1850 (University of London, UK), June 2009

2009

“Aesthetics and Artisanship in the Late-Nineteenth-Century Indian Museum,” NAVSA (Yale University), November 2008

2008

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Bodies, Interstices, and the Victorian Imagination,” Membranes, Surfaces, Boundaries Workshop Proceedings. Berlin, Germany: Max-Planck-Institut for the History of Science, 2011

2011


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/EN2250 6.0 A Intro to British Lit SEMR
Fall 2020 GS/EN6424 3.0 A Victorian Sexualities SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/EN2250 6.0 A Intro to British Lit SEMR