Jerilyn Sambrooke

Dissertation Title

Regulating Religious Fanaticism in the Contemporary Anglophone Novel

Research Interests

contemporary novel, secularism, aesthetics, political theory, postcoloniality, fanaticism



Jerilyn’s dissertation is exploring the relation between the contemporary global Anglophone novel and the discourse of fanaticism, particularly religious fanaticism. If fundamentalism is characterized by an epistemological certainty, this project suggests that fanaticism entails an affective intensity that is related to but not limited to such epistemological certainty. This project examines how contemporary writers are articulating the relation between this affective intensity of the fanatic and aesthetic experience in contradictory ways. Before arriving at UC Berkeley, Jerilyn earned degrees in Canada, the UK, and the US. She has … read more