Elaine Scarry

Professor of English and American Literature and Language, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value

Harvard University

Elaine Scarry, a professor of English and American Literature and Language, is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her interests include theories of representation, the language of physical pain, and the structure of verbal and material making in art, science and the law. She was formerly Professor of English at The University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of many books and essays, including  the widely celebrated  The Body in Pain (1985); Dreaming by the Book (1999), which won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism; Resisting Representation (1994); and, most recently, Thinking in an Emergency (2011). She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.