Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“

Sebastian Lecourt, PhD

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Sebastian Lecourt

2011 Yale University, Ph.D. in English Language and Literature

2003 Macalester College, B.A. summa cum laude in English

Research concentrations

Nineteenth-century British literature; religion and secularism; world literature and transnationalism; literature and the sciences; the history of literary theory.

Function within the Center

Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz (August 2014–July 2015)

research project “The Genres of Comparative Religion, 1815–1947”

Selected Publications


“Idylls of the Buddh’: Buddhist Modernism and Victorian Poetics in Colonial Ceylon.” PMLA (forthcoming).

“The Mormons, the Victorians, and the Idea of Greater Britain.” Victorian Studies 56.1 (Autumn 2013): 85–111.

“‘To surrender himself, in perfectly liberal inquiry’: Walter Pater, Many-Sidedness, and the Conversion Novel.” Victorian Studies 53.2 (Winter 2011): 231–53.

“Matthew Arnold and Religion’s Cosmopolitan Histories.” Victorian Literature and Culture 38.2 (September 2010): 467–87.


Norman Vance, Bible and Novel: Narrative Authority and the Death of God (Oxford, 2013). Nineteenth-Century Literature (forthcoming).

Kirstie Blair, Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion (Oxford, 2012). The Wordsworth Circle (forthcoming).

Lene Østermark-Johannson, Walter Pater and the Language of Sculpture (Ashgate, 2011). Victorian Studies 55 (2012): 141–43.
Marjorie Wheeler-Barclay, The Science of Religion in Britain, 1860-1910 (Virginia, 2010). Victorians Institute Journal 40 (2012; online).

Joshua Landy and Michael Saler (eds.), The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age (Stanford, 2009). Religion and the Arts 15 (2011): 184–86.

Peter Melville Logan, Victorian Fetishism: Intellectuals and Primitives (SUNY, 2009). Religion and the Arts 14 (2010): 349–52.