Marie Sanazaro


Research Interests:  the 19th century English novel, Critical Theory, comparative history of philosophy, realism and sexual violence

Marie works at the juncture of the English philosophical and literary tradition and the German critical tradition. She is particularly interested in dialectical critiques of immediacy, on one hand, and capital, on the other, that locate England as their paradigmatic object or original exemplary case. Her dissertation-in-progress, “Common Sense: Reflections on Anti-Dialectical Thought,” reads 18th century English common sense discourse and philosophy as an attempt to do away with thought’s abstraction from common life and practice, and certain 19th century novels as critical responses to this attempt to reconcile thought with social and material facticity. She also has an interest in connections between epistemologies of sexual violence and narrative procedures that are realist both in the political and the literary sense. She received her B.A in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2015.


“What Does it Mean to Read Class Conflict as Epistemological Distance? The Afterlife of ‘Common Sense’ in the Chartist Era,” annual Berkeley-Stanford English Conference: “Social Distance,” Spring 2021. 

“Reading the 19th Century Novel as a Critical Theory of Anti-Dialectical Thought,” ACLA: “Realism as Theory,” Spring 2021.

“The Social Division of Intellectual Labor as a Condition of England in Kingsley’s Alton Locke,” annual Princeton-Rutgers Victorian Symposium: “Dis/Unities,” Spring 2021.

“On the Recessive ‘Reality’ of Rape,” annual conference of the UC Berkeley Department of German: “Affective Realisms,” Spring 2019. 


Assistant Instructor, ENG 385: Children’s Literature (Bill Gleason). Princeton University, Fall 2021.

Assistant Instructor, ENG 308: American Cinema (Diana Fuss). Princeton University, Fall 2020.

Assistant Instructor, PSY/HUM 210: Foundations of Psychological Thought (Susan Sugarman). Princeton University, Spring 2019.

Assistant Instructor, COM 300: The Junior Seminar (April Alliston). Princeton University, Fall 2018.  

Co-Instructor, Feminist Philosophy. South Woods State Prison, Spring 2018.  


Co-organizer, annual conference of the Princeton Department of Comparative Literature. The Secret Life of Crowds: Gender, Sexuality, and the Masses. Princeton University, Spring 2018.