Elaine Auyoung is McKnight Land-Grant Professor, Assistant 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 the psychology of reading. Her first book, When Fiction Feels Real: Representation and the Reading Mind, will be released by Oxford University Press in October 2018. It 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 Victorian Studies, The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.