Elaine Auyoung (pronounced O-Young) is McKnight Land-Grant Professor, Associate Professor of English, and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Cognitive Sciences. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, the global history and theory of the novel, and psychological approaches to the arts. Her first book, When Fiction Feels Real: Representation and the Reading Mind (Oxford UP, 2018), provides literary studies with a new cross-disciplinary method for examining the relationship between novelistic technique and literary experience, focusing on how realist writers from Jane Austen to Thomas Hardy bring readers into intimate relation with fictional persons and worlds. Professor Auyoung's essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from New Literary History, Victorian Studies, Poetics Today, The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, and The Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. In 2019, she received the Ruth Christie Distinguished Teaching Award for Faculty in English.