Christopher Bundock donated 2018-06-17 13:21:47 -0400
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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_.