Kunyu Tan

Thesis title: The Aesthetics of George Eliot’s Social and Moral Philosophy: Navigating the Relationship between Self and Other


2019-2020 University College London: Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature


Undergraduate teaching

Tutor for Literary Studies 2A

Research summary

My thesis explores the relationship between self and other in George Eliot's novels by putting the literary texts in dialogue with economic and social texts.

Current research interests

My research interests include nineteenth-century fiction, intellectual history, literature and philosophy and economic literary criticism.

Knowledge exchange

Tan, Kunyu. "The Conflict Between Originality and Conventionality: The Liberated Individual in The Mill on the Floss and J. S. Mill's On Liberty." George Eliot Review, no. 54, 2023, pp. 71-83. https://georgeeliotreview.org/items/show/1014

Tan, Kunyu. "The Best Self and the Ordinary Self: The Free Play of Consciousness in Felix Holt, the Radical and Culture and Anarchy." George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies, vol. 75, no. 2, 2023, pp. 134-151. 

Tan, Kunyu. "Dorothea’s ‘Flood of Young Passion’: Dualism of the Practical Reason in Middlemarch and The Methods of Ethics." Literary Imagination. (upcoming)

Affiliated research centres

  • George Eliot Fellowship

Conference details

2023.9 BAVS 2023 Conference


The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Papers delivered

Social Organicism: An Interdependent and Heterogeneous Community in Silas Marner