Simon Reader teaches Victorian literature in all genres: novels, poetry, plays, and essays. His research focuses on somewhat scrappier materials, what one might call the rags of the canon: notebooks, manuscripts, drafts, pressed flowers, and other weird items found in special collections. He is writing a book, Notework: Aesthetic Inquiries 1829-1914, which argues for the coherence of the nineteenth-century writer’s notebook as a genre. His interests include aesthetic philosophy, book history, queer theory, and poetics.