Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Aaron Santesso

Aaron Santesso PhD

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 404-894-3596

Aaron Santesso received his PhD in English, specializing in seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Nevada. Most recently, he is the author, with David Rosen (Trinity College, CT) of The Watchman in Pieces: Surveillance, Literature, and Liberal Personhood (Yale University Press). The book argues that, since the Renaissance, changes in observation strategies have driven innovations in literature; literature, in turn, has provided a laboratory and forum for the way we think about surveillance and privacy. Ultimately, the book contends that the habits of mind cultivated by literature make rational and self-aware participation in contemporary surveillance environments possible. Professor Santesso's first book, A Careful Longing: The Poetics and Problems of Nostalgia, argues that our modern understanding of nostalgia is partly the legacy of eighteenth-century “nostalgia poems.” He has co-edited three books, including, most recently, a collection on Swift and satire from Cambridge University Press. He has published articles on privacy law, surveillance theory, early modern education, literary tourism, science fiction and other topics in a number of journals, including ELH, Modern Philology, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Law and Literature.

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Education, Literature, Privacy, Surveillance
781 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0525