Virtual Event: Talia Schaffer at North American Victorian Studies AssociationCommunities of Care

This event will feature Talia Schaffer’s Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction. Attendees will be asked to read Chapter 4 (“Beyond Sympathy: The State of Care in Daniel Deronda”). At the beginning of the seminar, Talia will give an introduction to this work; we will then hear from respondents Ilana Blumberg, Kylee-Anne Hingston, and Kristen Pond; finally, we will open the seminar for wider discussion.

In Communities of Care, Talia Schaffer explores Victorian fictional representations of care communities, small voluntary groups that coalesce around someone in need. Drawing lessons from Victorian sociality, Schaffer proposes a theory of communal care and a mode of critical reading centered on an ethics of care.


Talia Schaffer is professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York, and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Romance’s Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction; Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft and Nineteenth-Century Fiction; and The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England. Twitter @taliaschaffer1