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Bisla, Sundeep

Bisla, Sundeep

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor

Phone: 718-262-2480
Office Location: AC-2A09


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  University of Sydney  English  2000 
MA  Yale University  English  1994 
BA  Harvard University  English  1991 

Sundeep Bisla, Associate Professor of English, specializes in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Literary Theory. 

His book “Wilkie Collins and Copyright” was published in 2013. It investigates Collins's difficulties with the iterability of the word, particularly in relation to Victorian and pre-Victorian legal culture. He is currently working on three book projects: 1) a project dealing with Joseph Conrad's fiction tentatively titled "Conrad's Signature: The Colonization of Linguistic Form," 2) a project dealing with George Eliot's fiction and 3) a project attempting to describe the relationship between narrative and history. He also enjoys writing fiction in his spare time.

Books in Field Of Expertise

Bisla, Sundeep. Wilkie Collins and Copyright: Artistic Ownership in the Age of the Borderless Word. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2013; paperback 2017. .

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Bisla, Sundeep. "Over-Doing Things with Words in 1862: Pretense and Plain Truth in Wilkie Collins's 'No Name'." Victorian Literature and Culture. 38.1 2010: 1-19.

Bisla, Sundeep. "The Return of the Author: Privacy, Publication, the Mystery Novel, and 'The Moonstone'." Boundary 2. 29.1 2002: 177-222.

Bisla, Sundeep. "Copy-Book Morals: 'The Woman in White' and Publishing History." Dickens Studies Annual. 28 1999: 103-49.

Bisla, Sundeep. "Reading the Native Informant Reading: The Art of Passing on Empathy in 'Beloved'." Cultural Critique. 42 1999: 104-36.

Bisla, Sundeep. "The Manuscript as Writer's Estate: Sensation Fiction, Wilkie Collins's 'Basil,' and the Early-Victorian Copyright Act." Genre. 31.3-4 1998: 269-304.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Bisla, Sundeep. "The Ghost in the Machinal: De-/Re-contextualizing 'Daniel Deronda'." Reading Victorian Literature: Essays in Honour of J. Hillis Miller. 2019: 254-83.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"Review of Clare Pettitt, 'Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel'" Studies in the Novel 39.1 2007: 130-32.


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Unproductive Reproduction in the New Historicism's 'Daniel Deronda' " November 9, 2016: CUNY Victorian Research Seminar, Graduate Center.

" A New Model for Textual Repetition: Moving Beyond the Original vs. Copy Paradigm " November 14, 2011: Works in Progress Series, English Department, York College.

" From Room to Moor, Flinging It out of Doors: Wuthering Heights and the Education of the Good Global Citizen " November 13, 2010: North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) conference.

" The Vampirism of the Sign: Textual Repetition in 'Dracula' " October 6, 2009: CUNY Victorian Research Seminar, CUNY Graduate Center.

" Don’t Wait for the Writing Center: Strategies for doing sentence-level work in the classroom (co-presented with Heather Robinson) " March 5, 2009: York College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

" Imitation and Genre Insubordination in Wilkie Collins’s No Name " February 2, 2005: CUNY Victorian Research Seminar, CUNY Graduate Center.

" Becoming a Monetary Identity: The Legal Understanding of Authorship " April 24, 2003: Presented in “The Boundaries of Writing and Philosophy” Lecture Series, Creative Writing Program, Columbia University.