Associate Professor . Office: 14N-432 . PBX: 617-452-3597 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Romanticism; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture; poetry and poetics; aesthetics; critical theory; historiography; science and literature.
He regularly teaches "Reading Poetry" in addition to various subjects in literature, critical theory, and aesthetics. Recent courses include "Media, Modernity, and the Moment: Experiments in Time," "Science and Imagination in the Age of Reason," "British Poetry and the Science of Mind," "On Beauty," and "Make it New: Manifestos and the Invention of the Modern."
Science and Sensation in Romantic Poetry
"The Senses" [essay title tbd], William Wordsworth in Context, ed. Andrew Bennett. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014.
"Literature and the Senses," The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014.
"The Time of Beauty." Studies in Romanticism 50.2 (Summer 2011): 309-332. (Link to PDF)
"Coleridge's Criticism of Life," The Coleridge Bulletin NS 37 (Summer 2011): 21-34. (Link to PDF)
"Rhyme and Reason: Erasmus Darwin's Romanticism," Modern Language Quarterly 70.2 (June 2009): 171-194. (Link to PDF)
"Archaeologies of Perception: Reading Wordsworth After Foucault," European Romantic Review 18, no. 2 (April 2007): 175-185. (Link to PDF)
"Rethinking the Cultural Divide: Walter Pater, Wilkie Collins, and the Legacies of Wordsworthian Aesthetics," Modern Philology 102, no. 2 (November 2004): 207-234. (Link to PDF)
"Critical Conditions: Coleridge, 'Common Sense,' and the Literature of Self-Experiment," ELH 70, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 117-149. (Link to PDF)
"On the Rate of Attrition in MOOCs"
"MOOCspace and Meatspace (at MIT and beyond)"
Review of Jeffrey C. Robinson, Unfettering Poetry: The Fancy in British Romanticism, in Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 55 (August 2009)
“Strange Power of Speech,” The Lancet 374, no. 9700 (October 31, 2009): 1494-1495. (Link to full text)
Review of Marc Redfield, The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism, in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 13 (2006): 396-400.
“Historiography: Britain” and “Solitude and Community,” in Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850, ed. Christopher John Murray (New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004), 504-5, 1067-8.
Review of Maureen McLane, Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species, in Modern Philology 101, no. 3 (February 2004): 477-80.
Review of Alan Richardson, British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind, in Keats-Shelley Journal 52 (2003): 233-235.
21L.000J Writing about Literature
21L.003 Reading Fiction
21L.004 Reading Poetry
21L.017 The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability
21L.325 Media, Modernity, and the Moment: Experiments in Time
21L.470 Eighteenth-Century Literature
21L.471 Major English Novels
21L.476 Romantic Poetry
21L.704 Studies in Poetry: British Poetry and the Sciences of the Mind
21L.704 Studies in Poetry: What's the Use of Beauty?
21L.707 Studies in Cultural Interpretation: On Beauty
21L.709 Studies in Literary History: Manifestos and the Invention of the Modern