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

    NASSR_BARS 2022

    NASSR/BARS Joint Conference 2022 - New Romanticisms - Call for Papers

    Tuesday 2nd - Friday 5th August 2022



    '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).


    Deadline: 13th December 2021



    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 Bonds ICR in Conferences 2021-06-04 10:00:35 -0400

    Bonds: International Conference on Romanticism

    The notion of bonds has always had particular significance in Charleston, South Carolina, a city that bears the scars of being the capital of the American slave trade: in fact, forty percent of the enslaved Africans brought into the United States passed through Charleston’s harbor.  For this reason, the International African American museum will open here in 2022, allowing for people across the world to rediscover their own histories and family connections. 

    Of course, bonds were also severely tested in 2020 in the wake of COVID-19 and the cancellation of many events, including our own conference; this is a chance for us to reestablish bonds—connections—with one another. We also interrogate our connections to our historical past, connections made clear by the racial trauma brought to light by the murder of George Floyd and subsequent BLM marches all over the world.  Bonds can bring us together but, just as easily, pull us apart, and we look forward to exploring what this might mean to the traditionally termed Romantic era.  The conference theme is intended to accommodate a wide range of papers across such disciplines as art history, cultural history, literary studies, musicology, anthropology, and philosophy. ICR prizes interdisciplinarity and comparatist approaches, and we welcome work in American and global literatures.  

    For full CFP and other details, please visit

    October 14, 2021 at 8:00am - October 16, 2021 at 8:00am

  • 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.

    SALE: for 2020 and 2021, three-year memberships are reduced from $195 to $180 USD.


  • 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 2021-01-01 05:09:41 -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. 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. 

    Yearly Rates:

    Full-time Faculty (assistant, associate, full professor): $65 USD

    Part-time Faculty (students, independent scholars, retired): $45 USD

    SALE: for 2020 and 2021, three-year memberships are reduced from $195 to $180 USD. 

    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