picture shows Christian Thorne on a balcony Professor of English

Course: Literature

Pronouns: he/him

Email: [email protected]



Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University, English

Graduate Institution: Duke University, Literature

Research: Critical theory; eighteenth-century philosophy and German idealism; the epic; the history of the novel, especially the historical and postcolonial novel; horror & the Gothic; and rock & roll.

During the spring 2019 semester, Christian was the Williams College Residential Faculty Fellow at Williams-Mystic. The goal of this fellowship is to enhance the understanding of and competencies in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experiential pedagogies, and to expand intellectual engagement with ocean and coastal studies. Christian has returned to teach Literature of the Sea for the program. At Williams College, he teaches courses in critical theory, while maintaining a sideline in English literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: early novels, satire, revenge tragedies, and, above all, Milton. He wrote his first book, The Dialectic of Counter-Enlightenment as a companion volume and counterweight to Adorno and Horkheimer’s D. of E. , and out of sense that scholars had generally misunderstood the classic skeptical writers – the writers, that is, who thought they could talk people out of being philosophers or seeking enlightenment, or indeed, out of knowing things.  These days, he is finishing Four Hundred Years (And It’s the Same Philosophy)—on critical theory’s undiscussed imperialism, the support, often quite plain, that putatively emancipatory thinkers offer to European and US expansion.

Find out more about Christian and his work here.