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Jennifer Sullivan

Research Interests

Romantic period, eighteenth century, art history, philosophy, women’s writing, portraits, life writing, empathy, face-to-face encounters, physiognomy

Awards and Recognition
SHHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, 2020-2023
D.W. Stewart Graduate Fellowship, 2019-2020
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2017-2019

The title of my dissertation is “Face to Face with the Sublime: Empathy and Alienation in Romantic Literature and Art.” My project focuses on the face as a source of the sublime and its transformative power to cultivate empathy, through exploration of portraitists such as Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds, and writers such as Mary Hays and Thomas De Quincey.

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.