Adrian Versteegh’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century urban literature, particularly lowlife, nightlife, and sleep. His current project is a literary history of insomnia in Victorian London. His recent scholarship on the poetics of sleep has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Contexts and the collection Nineteenth-Century Energies (forthcoming from Routledge in 2016). Other publications include Modern Language Studies, Cultural Digest, The Brooklyn Rail, Exit 9, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Dissent. Versteegh's research seminar “Shadow Cities: Literary Alterity and Urban Otherworlds” explores the hidden and the abject across texts and built environments. Apart from Gallatin, he has taught in the English departments of New York University, New Jersey City University, the City University of New York, and NYU London.
Teaching and Research Interests
19th- and 20th-century literature; urban poetics; spatial and architectural theory; aesthetics of decay and ruination; comparative media; theories of time; historiography; alternate and secret histories; the subterranean; distraction and modes of attention; sleep and insomnia
B.A. English and Humanities Studies, McGill University, 2008 M.A. Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, 2010