Elaine Auyoung specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, the global history and theory of the novel, and the psychology of reading. Her first book, provisionally titled “Reading for the World,” is under contract with Oxford University Press. It provides literary studies with a new, cross-disciplinary method for examining the relationship between representational technique and the reading mind, focusing on how novelists 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 Victorian Studies, The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, she taught Victorian literature in the English Department at Rutgers University as a Mellon Postdoctoral Associate.