Rita Felski is a professor of Literary Theory and Aesthetics at the University of Virginia. Her current research centers on questions of method and interpretation. Her recent manifesto, “The Uses of Literature” is a neo-phenomenological investigation of aesthetic experiences such as recognition, enchantment, and shock. Her work in progress is on the hermeneutics of suspicion. In addition she has a longstanding interests in feminist theory, modernity and postmodernity, genre, specifically tragedy, and cultural studies.