Adam Grener

Senior Lecturer in English Programme
School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies

Teaching in 2020

English Honours Coordinator


BA (hons) Vanderbilt
MA Cornell
PhD Cornell

Current research projects

    Digital Dickens Notes Project – A collaboration with Anna Gibson (North Carolina State University), this project explores Dickens’s “Working Notes” for his novels. In addition to providing colour digitisations of the Notes, the online platform will provide scholarly annotations and pedagogical resources to analyse Dickens’s complex compositional practices. []

    Dickens and Data Science – An interdisciplinary collaboration with Markus Luczak-Roesch (VUW School of Information Management) that uses computational methods to analyse Dickens’s character networks through the lens of information science and network theory. Our interactive tool allows users to explore Dickens’s character systems through a range of visualisations. []

Areas of supervision

  • Nineteenth-century British literature and culture
  • The novel
  • Narrative theory
  • Literary theory

Recent publications

    A. Grener, Improbability, Chance, and the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel. Ohio State University Press, 2020 (forthcoming).

    A. Grener and I. Parker, “Dickens’s Anonymous Margins: Names, Network Theory, and the Serial Novel.” Dickens Studies Annual, vol. 50, no. 1, 2019.

    A. Grener, “Mapping the ‘Invisible Region, Far Away’ in Dombey and Son,” in Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire. Edited by Nathan Hensley and Philip Steer, Fordham UP, 2018, pp. 121-135.

    M. Luczak-Roesch, A. Grener, & E. Fenton, “Not-So-Distant Reading: A Dynamic Network Approach to Literature,” IT: Information Technology, vol. 60, no. 1, February 2018.

    M. Luczak-Roesch, A. Grener & E. Fenton, “Twenty-Thousand Leagues Above the Book: An Interactive Visual Analytics Approach to Literature.” Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work, pp. 94-97. doi: 10.1145/3148330.3154507

    A. Grener and J. Rosenthal, editors, “Narrative Against Data in the Victorian Novel,” a special issue of Genre, vol. 50, no. 1, April 2017, 152 pp.

    A. Grener, “The Language and Chance and the Form of Phineas Finn.” Genre, vol. 50, no. 1, April 2017, pp. 77-95.

    A. Grener, “Hardy’s Relics.” Modern Philology, vol. 114, no. 1, August 2016, pp. 106-29.

    A. Grener, “Coincidence as Realist Technique: Improbable Encounters and the Representation of Selfishness in Martin Chuzzlewit.” Narrative, vol. 20, no. 3, October 2012, pp. 322-42.

Teaching in 2020