Emily Steinlight will present a lecture titled, "Suspecting Consciousness: Art Novels, Brainwork, and the Victorian Method Debates” on March 15 at 5:30 pm in Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St., 2nd floor. This talk will find forerunners to the contemporary method debates in two late-Victorian art novels, Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and George du Maurier’s “Trilby.” Examining the relation they plot out between psychic processes and the production of surfaces, it will assess how these narratives make consciousness the object and ground of interpretive work--and how, in so doing, they mediate work more broadly. Emily Steinlight is the Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her forthcoming book, “The Biopolitical Imagination,” focuses on the literary forms that shaped nineteenth-century fiction’s politics of population. Steinlight is currently working on a second book project on Victorian theories of mental labor.