Graduate Student Directory

Chacko Thomas Kuruvilla
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
    • Instructor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 115B / Zoom
  • Office Hours Office Hours (Zoom): Thursdays : 3:15 - 5:15pm
  • Mail Stop Literature Department
  • Courses Modern Epic:Reading Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Writing Fiction: The Debut Novel, Emerson/Emersonians and the Creative Writing Process, Henry James and The Art of Portaiture (Writing Fiction), The Ecological Dimensions of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

Summary of Expertise

Emersonianism/aestheticism in nineteenth century literature


Research Interests

Emersonianism/Aestheticism in nineteenth century literature

Biography, Education and Training

University of Minnesota (BA Philosophy), St John’s College at Santa Fe (MA Humanities), University of Minnesota, Carlson School (MBA Management), Columbia University, School of the Arts (MFA Literary Non-Fiction), University of California Santa Cruz (Sixth Year Ph.D Candidate, Literature)








Honors, Awards and Grants

Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship, Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2021

Chancellor's Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz, 2016-2017


Selected Presentations


Transcendental Resistance: Indigenous Thinking and the Passage to India in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, Paper read in the Rethinking Indigeneity Panel, 2019 American Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.


Emersonianism West: Aesthetic Ownership, Aesthetic Experience, and Worlding in Frank Norris’s McTeague, Paper selected for Emerson and Nineteenth Century Arts Movements, Emerson Society Panel, 2018 American Literature Association, San Francisco, California.

Teaching Interests

Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, American Transcendentalism (Emerson and Thoreau), Emerson and Nietzsche, Henry James and Aestheticism, Creative Writing - Literary Non-Fiction (Memoir, Essay, Travel Writing) and Fiction (The Novel)