About Me

In September 2020, I joined the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK, having previously held academic positions at Hamilton College (NY), Northwestern University (IL), and the University of Manchester (UK).

Here is my CV: https://emilyrohrbach.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/cv.pdf

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I have also held research fellowships in Europe, the United States, and the UK at Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna, Austria, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in Evanston, Illinois, and the John Rylands Research Institute https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/ in Manchester. I teach and write about British Romanticism; poetry and poetics; aesthetics and politics; literature and historiography; and, more recently, the materiality and literary imagination of the codex book.

In December 2015, my first monograph, Modernity’s Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation, was published in the new “Lit Z” series of Fordham University Press. I am also co-editor (with Emily Sun) of the 50th anniversary issue of Studies in Romanticism: Reading Keats, Thinking Politics, for which I solicited and co-translated Jacques Rancière’s essay on Keats, “The Politics of the Spider.” Expanding on my interests in time and politics, in October 2014 I co-organized a multidisciplinary symposium on nonlinear temporalities with Michelle M. Wright: Timing is Everything. I am completing a new monograph entitled Codex Poetics: Romantic Books and the Politics of Reading.

I have given keynote addresses at the British Association of Romantic Studies conference (2020) and the Keats Foundation conference (2019); these keynote talks were entitled “Open Books” (BARS, 2020) and “Vanishing Books, Cockney Poetics” (Keats Foundation, 2019) and are part of my new book project.

As principal organizer of the 2019 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism, hosted by the University of Manchester, I brought ICR to the UK for the first time. The conference coincided with the 200-year anniversary of “Peterloo,” which took place in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, and it attracted around 200 scholars from around the world.

I am on the editorial board of the Keats-Shelley Journal, based in the United States. From July 2020 to June 2021, I co-organised “Romanticism in the Meantime.” You can find details about this transatlantic event series here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CBrBNWwbFjBahHdP3ke4ECgsy4HM9REbzX_nVkZvZqo/edit?usp=sharing

In English Studies at Durham, I routinely teach on the following modules: L3: Literature of the Romantic Period (convener); L3: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature; L2: American Poetry; L1: Introduction to the Novel; and L1: Introduction to Poetry.

In 2021/22, I’ll be teaching a new MA seminar for Durham’s Romantic and Victorian Pathway: ‘Adventures in Reading: Romantic Books and Political Possibilities’.

I’m a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My certificate: https://emilyrohrbach.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/hefellow.pdf

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Durham at night