Katie Ebner-Landy

Katie Ebner-Landy

Junior Fellow at Harvard Society of Fellows
  • Region: Europe
  • Times: 16th to 18th centuries
  • Themes: British and French Literature; Classical Reception; Intellectual History; Philosophy; Poetry and Poetics

Katie is currently a Junior Fellow at Harvard Society of Fellows. She completed her PhD in intellectual history under the supervision of Quentin Skinner and David Colclough at Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis was on character-writing in early modern Europe: specifically how sketches of character types were thought to have significant political and moral effects. This work spans classical reception, British and French literature and early modern philosophy. Her new project takes many of the questions of this thesis into new terrain, investigating how liberal philosophers––from Adam Smith to Richard Rorty––develop a shared conception of literature's political and moral role, a phenomenon she is calling "liberal aesthetics".

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