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Anastasia Eccles

Anastasia Eccles works on eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, with particular interests in theories of reading, the novel, and the long history of formalism. Her book project, Perverse Attachments, examines modes of reading cultivated by a group of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novels and tales, asking what aesthetic experiences like being held in suspense, feeling complicit, or longing for a different plot have to do with living in a political collective. She has also written on the reception of Laurence Sterne in Russia and the legacy of sentimentalism in formalist literary theory.