Current Project

I'm presently working on a project titled _Romanticism's Foreign Bodies_. This study takes its cue from questions surrounding prophetic embodiment that I could only lightly touch on in my last book, _Romantic Prophecy and the Resistance to Historicism_ (U of Toronto Press, 2016). I am interested in how the body becomes “foreign,” both culturally and biologically, in the period. In cultural terms, I'm concerned with how Christian, especially Millenarian, sects develop a strange kind of Philo-Semitism insofar as the “conversion of the Jews” marks a key moment in the prophetic calendar. This attraction to Judaism (which is really, of course, a desire for its elimination) inspires a complex attitude toward cultural integration that has the paradoxical effect of stressing the physiological difference of Jewish from non-Jewish people. In this connection I turn to William Blake's _Jerusalem_ and Maria Edgeworth's _Harrington_. The project's other strand focuses on the medical context and how advances in physiology, neurology, and anatomy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, sciences that seem to simplify and quantify the body, reveal, instead, what Richard Sha has recently called the “physiological imagination.” Focusing on states of exceptional feeling that complicate simple mind-body dualisms, I am currently working on three topics: Mary Wollstonecraft's _The Wrongs of Woman_ and phantom limb pain; Joanna Baillie and the dissection of the passions in her _Plays on the Passions_; and Wordsworth's dislocation of affect in _The Prelude_.
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  • published Romantic Ecologies in Conferences 2021-10-03 07:54:55 -0400

    Romantic Ecologies

    Romantic Ecologies

    The 19th international conference of the
    Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism) will be hosted
    by the Chair of English Literature of the University of Augsburg and held as a residential
    conference at ‘Haus Sankt Ulrich’ in Augsburg.

    Augsburg, September 29 October 2, 2022

    Haus Sankt Ulrich Tagungshotel der Diözese Augsburg Kappelberg 1
    D-86159 Augsburg

    Confirmed keynote speakers: Jeremy Davies (University of Leeds, UK), Dewey Hall (California Polytechnic Pomona, USA), Timothy Morton (Rice University, Houston TX), Manfred Pfister (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Kate Rigby (Bath Spa University, UK).

    Call for Papers

    Romanticism is characterized by a new understanding of nature and environment. Nature does no longer function as a mere purpose-oriented setting, but rather as an affective and emotional context of communication with the observing or experiencing subject. The numerous aesthetic ways in which this dialogical interrelationship between subjective experience and scenic object of nature is captured in Romantic literature / art makes Romanticism a proto-ecologicalmovement, and today, in times of a world-wide ecological and environmental crisis, Romanticism’s critical explorations of the complex interdependencies between humankind, nature, the environment and aesthetics seem to be relevant as never before. Scrutinizing Romanticism’s strong affinity towards environmental issues allows for an insight into the fragile and precarious networks between various ecosystems, human agency and (post-)industrial society in the Anthropocene.

    This conference aims to address this new understanding of nature inherent to British Romanticism, explore its relevance for the discourse of environmental humanities in the twenty-first century, and also to reconsider the relation between humankind, nature / the environment / ecology and aesthetics in (and through) British Romanticism both in (meta-)theory and practice. With our focus on Romantic Ecologies, understood as a wide and plural concept, we invite a multicity of theoretical approaches and readings. This broad conception of ecology may thus encompass political and socio-historical issues, such as the impact of ecology / the environment / biosystems in the contexts of (post)colonialism and (trans)atlantic dialogues alongside societal ideas in the light of a re-evaluation of the relationship between humankind, the environment, sustainability and capitalism. Further focus areas comprise the role of various biosystems together with their (inter)dependencies and symbioses as well as

    aspects of non-human agency and materiality. Not least, we aim at revaluating the formal-aesthetic level by encouraging readings and theories that center around the idea of sustainability and regeneration in / as art. This may include questions of autopoiesis, art as renewal (e.g. productive melancholia), sustainability / regeneration of genre(s), or aesthetic sustainability as manifested for example in structures of repetition and difference. We also invite reflections on the teaching of Romantic literature and on its uses and limits in sustainability education.

    We invite proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes length. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    • eco-politics: (post)colonial and / or (trans)atlantic perspectives

    • Romantic concepts of nature, ecology, (post)capitalism and (post)industrialism

    • Romantic ecologies and ethics

    • Romantic biosystems and their (inter)dependencies: animal studies, plant studies, urban ecologies, theories and practices of space / place

    • ecology and materiality

    • the body: disease, contagion, affect

    • disease as deconstructive force

    • beyond (ecocritical) theory: Romantic ecologies in the light of environmental humanities; Romantic meta-ecology; Romantic ecologies and poststructuralism

    • sustainability and regeneration in aesthetics and art: autopoiesis, imagination, repetition and difference

    • the sustainability / regeneration of genre(s) and form in Romanticism

    • approaches to teaching Romantic literature in ecocritical contexts

    • ...

    Abstracts (300 words) for papers proposed should be accompanied by a short biographical note, plus full address and institutional affiliation. Deadline: 15 January 2022.

    Send to: Martin Middeke ([email protected]) and David Kerler ([email protected]).

    Local organisers:
    Prof. Dr. Martin Middeke and PD Dr. David Kerler

    University of Augsburg Chair of English Literature Universitätsstr. 10 D-86159 Augsburg Germany

    NB: By special agreement, members of NASSR, BARS, SERA, JAER, NARS and the Polish Society for the Study of European Romanticism do not have to become members of the German Society for English Romanticism to take part in this conference – they only pay the regular conference fee.


    September 29, 2022 at 6:00pm - October 02, 2022 at 6:00pm
    Haus Sankt Ulrich
    Kappelberg 1
    Augsburg D-86159
    Google map and directions

  • published NASSR_BARS 2022 in Conferences 2021-09-05 09:35:22 -0400

    NASSR_BARS 2022

    NASSR/BARS Joint Conference 2022 - New Romanticisms || Tuesday 2nd - Friday 5th August 2022

    Registration now open 

    Note that only paid NASSR members can access conference registration. If you're being denied access, it could mean that your membership has lapsed. If you have issues, please do contact Chris Bundock at [email protected] for help.  

    'New Romanticisms' invites explorations of both the concept of newness in and about the Romantic period and new approaches to Romantic Studies today. The title for the conference also plays on the term 'New Romantics', referring to post-punk bands of the late 1970s and 1980s influenced by Romantic-period aesthetics, especially 'dandy' fashions (roughly equivalent to 'new wave' artists in America). The conference organisers are therefore particularly interested in responses to the call for papers which think about Romantic legacies and receptions in music, theatre, pop culture, and beyond. We would also welcome areas of research distinct from literary and cultural studies, which might include, but is not limited to: art history, material culture, cultural heritage, public engagement, and knowledge exchange.


    This conference has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and, therefore, its focus on the new feels more urgent than ever. What does it mean to study Romanticism today? How can Romantic Studies appropriately and effectively respond to current debates about the relevance and future of Higher Education, social justice, climate change, and contemporary culture more generally? Papers reflecting on the pressures on research, teaching, and service intra- or post-pandemic are particularly welcome. The conference aims to be an open, inclusive, accessible, and diverse space for the discussion of newness in Romantic Studies and its legacies and impact today.


    The conference will take place in hybrid format, with physical panels, keynotes, and workshops, also available in digital format, taking best practice from online events into the running of the joint conference.


    The physical event will take place at Edge Hill University, with Thursday 4th August devoted to an exploration of Liverpool and its Romantic history and legacies. As Liverpool was a hub for both advocates of slavery and abolitionists, as well as radical political agitation more generally from Dissenters to Chartists, papers which respond to the history of slavery and abolition, maritime and radical cultures, and the wider significance of England's North-West on the Romantic period, will also be welcome.


    Please submit abstracts of 250 words, panel proposals of 750 words (including details of individual papers plus a rationale for the panel), or innovative presentation formats of 500 words (including, for example, poster presentations, pedagogical workshops, salons, and dramatic and/or musical performance pieces) to [email protected]


    Please include an indication of whether your presentation / panel / innovative presentation format is intended to be hosted online (and asynchronous or synchronous).



    August 02, 2022 at 6:00am - August 05, 2022 at 6:00am
    Edge Hill University
    St Helens Rd
    Ormskirk, England L39 4QP
    United Kingdom
    Google map and directions

  • published Donation 2021-07-02 12:21:56 -0400


    Like many other scholarly associations, NASSR welcomes and appreciates donations from those members who are in the position to make them. As with all revenue generated by NASSR, donations will be used for a number of worthy causes, including supporting graduate student travel, supporting conference organisers, compensating student RAs, and contributing to awards and prizes. There are no salaried workers at NASSR; all Board members are volunteers. As such, 100% of your donation is invested in the Society.  


  • published European Romantic Review 2021-04-11 05:54:43 -0400

    European Romantic Review

    European Romantic Review (ERR) is published six times per year by Taylor and Francis, and is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of literature, history, philosophy and art. Each year, it publishes a NASSR Conference Issue and awards the ERR-NASSR Essay Prize. All NASSR members receive ERR as one of the benefits of membership.

    European Romantic Review can be accessed online

    ERR is pleased to publish conference issues, developed from the annual NASSR conference, as well as special issues, such as recent ones dedicated to Robert Bloomfield and to Maria Edgeworth. We are also pleased to publish themed issues, such as Women and Protest. Enquiries about special issues should be directed to the co-editors.

    In 2004, NASSR and European Romantic Review instituted an annual prize for the best essay published in European Romantic Review.  Each competition considers all of the essays published in that year's volume of ERR. The 2020 awardee is Claire Connolly (University College Cork, Ireland) for “The Secret of Castle Rackrent” (31.6). 

    Winning articles can be accessed freely here

    Submitted manuscripts must comply with the MLA Style Manual and, to facilitate anonymous peer review, should indicate the author’s name only on a cover sheet. Submissions should be made through the "Manuscript Central" (or "Scholar One") system accessible at This website includes detailed directions to guide authors through each step; the co-editors remain available to answer questions at [email protected] or [email protected]. Book reviews are commissioned and mostly multi-book reviews; inquiries about reviews may be directed to the Book Review Editor at [email protected]. Tables of contents for recent issues are available through the Taylor & Francis website.


    Editors' Addresses:

    Consulting Editors:
    Frederick Burwick | English Dept. | UCLA | Los Angeles, CA | USA 90024

    Regina Hewitt | English Dept. | University of South Florida | Tampa, FL | USA 33620 

    Benjamin Colbert | Department of Humanities| Housman Bldg. | University of Wolverhampton  | Camp St. | Wolverhampton | WV1 1AD UK
    Lucy Morrison | Kayser 208 | University of Nebraska at Omaha | 6001 Dodge Street | Omaha, NE 68182 USA

    Review Editor:
    William D. Brewer | Department of English | ASU Box 32052 | Sanford Hall | 225 Locust Street | Appalachian State University | Boone, NC 28608 | U.S.A.

    Editorial Board:

    Christoph Bode
    Angela Esterhammer
    Jeffrey Cox
    Timothy Fulford
    Kelly Grovier
    Susan Gustafson
    Anthony J. Harding
    Raimonda Modiano
    Robert Morrison
    Cecilia Powell
    Tilottama Rajan
    Alan Richardson
    Lisa Vargo
    Joseph Viscomi
    Alexandra Wettlaufer

    International Advisory Board:

    William Christie
    Lilla Maria Crisafulli
    Rosa E. Penna
    Marc Poree
    Malabika Sarkar
    Grant Scott
    Gerold Sedlmayr
    Kasahara Yorimichi     

  • published Three-Year Membership in Join 2021-01-01 10:10:01 -0500

    Three-Year Membership

    NASSR offers a three-year membership option for a one-time payment of $195 USD. As with annual memberships, you will receive a renewal reminder when your account is about to expire. Beyond duration, multi-year membership is identical to annual membership in all ways.



  • published Precariously Employed Scholar Fund in Join 2019-01-01 08:06:49 -0500

    Precariously Employed Scholar Fund

    In an effort to offer more financial help to under-supported members of NASSR, we invite people to consider donating to the Precariously Employed Scholar Fund. This fund is intended to support graduate students as well as instructors with precarious or no employment (eg. post-doctoral students, adjunct professors, unwaged, and independent scholars) to attend NASSR conferences and to defray costs of events/sessions at the conference organized to support these members.

    The fund was established by vote of the Advisory Board and Executive Council in 2018.

    Please note: a donation to this fund does not include a NASSR membership. 


  • published Join 2022-01-01 04:46:03 -0500

    Join NASSR

    All NASSR members will receive the NASSR Newsletter, information about NASSR conferences, access to the Members Directory, access to Discussion Forums, and a subscription to the interdisciplinary journal European Romantic Review (published by Routledge).  

    To join NASSR and pay your NASSR dues, please create an account by filling out the information requested on this page, below, and clicking the "Continue to PayPal" button. Use this account to access member-only content, such as the forums and member directory. Membership is valid until 31 December of the year in which it is purchased. Three-year memberships are valid for the year in which they are purchased and two subsequent years, terminating also on 31 December of the third year. BARS-NASSR bundled memberships are valid for one calendar year but can be purchased for the subsequent year from 1 December of a given year; BARS-NASSR bundled memberships can be purchased either singly or on a rolling subscription.

    Once your account is created and dues are paid, you will receive reminders via email to renew in the future. To ensure you receive these reminders, please opt in to receiving email when you're setting up your account. (If you have already created your account, you can opt in at any time).

    It is possible to create an account and be designated a "supporter" without being a member proper. To become a member, one must pay the membership dues via this site. So, if you believe you have signed up but cannot access the members-only content, this may be the issue.

    To renew your account rather than create a new account, please follow the link contained in the email renewal reminder or expiry notice.

    Members of the Gesellschaft für Englische Romantik and the Japan Association of English Romanticism are invited to contact NASSR in order to secure complimentary membership. 

    Options and Rates:

    One-year NASSR Membership:

    • Full time waged (eg. assistant, associate, full professor): $65 USD
    • Part time (un- or partial waged) (eg. postgraduate/retired/part-time or impermanent position/unwaged): $45 USD
    • Please scroll down to make your purchase

    Three-Year NASSR membership:

    • $195 USD
    • Please click here for the three-year membership option. 

    One year BARS-NASSR Bundled Membership: 

    • Full time waged (eg. lecturer, senior lecturer, reader, professor): £62 GBP
    • Part time (un- or partial waged) (eg. postgraduate/retired/part-time or impermanent position/unwaged): £40 GBP 
    • Please Click here for BARS-NASSR bundled membership options (NB: you will be re-directed to the BARS website for this transaction) 

    If you have any questions about membership, please contact Chris Bundock

    Please consider an additional DONATION to NASSR. 

    Like many other scholarly associations, NASSR welcomes and appreciates donations from those members who are in the position to make them. As with all revenue generated by NASSR, donations will be used for a number of worthy causes, including supporting graduate student travel, supporting conference organisers, compensating student RAs, and contributing to awards and prizes. There are no salaried workers at NASSR; all Board members are volunteers. As such, 100% of your donation is invested in the Society.  



  • published Hi Orrin in Theory and Philosophy 2015-12-07 13:42:01 -0500