Current Research

I am working on two new books. Codex Poetics: Romantic Books and the Politics of Reading explores the relations between Romantic poetics and material formats. It revisits the Romantic period as a moment, marked by abolitionist movements and mass print, when the bound book was imagined as a technology of political possibility. To tell that story, the project draws on book history and histories of reading as well as theories of metaphor, narrative, and time. From this project, a new essay entitled “‘Without you, I am nothing’: On the Counterfactual Imagination in Emma” will appear in the journal Textual Practice as part of a special issue on “Literature and Contingency,” edited by Tina Lupton (May 2018). A second essay, “To ‘lean upon a closed book’: Keats’s Sonnets, Formal Closure, and the Codex,” will be published in European Romantic Review (in press/forthcoming April 2018). Other authors considered in this project include Letitia Elizabeth Landon, William Wordsworth, Leigh Hunt, Mary Prince, James Hogg, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Charles Lamb, and William Hazlitt.

A second project, Gothic Dispossession and the Politics of Voice, focuses on comparative Gothic literatures (British, European, U.S., and Caribbean), addressing the question of how to think about the relation between, on the one hand, the dispossessed voices that pervade Gothic fictions and, on the other, the desire to “have a voice” in politics, expressed both in overtly political writing and in the history of protest and political revolution in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries on both sides of the Atlantic. Authors include Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, Victor Séjour, Leonora Sansay, Mary Shelley, Ann Radcliffe, and Horace Walpole.

Upcoming Conference Papers/Invited Lectures

KEYNOTE: “Open Books.” British Association for Romantic Studies conference, June 2020.

Invited Seminar. “Politics of Literature” Series at the University of Lille, April 2020.

Invited Seminar. “Codex Poetics: Landon, Hunt, and Clare.” Literature and its Formats Symposium at the University of Copenhagen, November 2019.

Invited Talk. “Forms of Beauty and Old Books: Wordsworth and Hazlitt on the Time of Reading.” Hazlitt Day School. London, September 2019.

KEYNOTE: “Vanishing Books, Cockney Poetics.” The Keats Foundation Conference, London, May 2019

Invited Seminar. London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, International Panel with Caroline Bertonèche (Grenoble), March 2019

“Reading as Uprising: Landon, Keats, Rancière,” MLA Chicago, January 2019

“Romantic Contingency and the Time of Not Reading in Letitia Landon’s Poetry,” Romanticism and Time Conference, Lille, France, November 2018

Recent Papers/Invited Lectures (Selected)

“The Materiality of the Book and the Time of Reading in The Prelude, Book 5,” NASSR Brown University, June 2018

“‘I’ll cavern you, and grotto you’: Keats, Radcliffe, Austen, and the Conventions of Gothic Writing in 1818,” The Keats Foundation, Hampstead, May 2018

“Romanticism, Contingency, and the Counterfactual Imagination,” Invited Seminar at Boston Area Romanticism Colloquium Boston, 2 November 2017

“Gothic Dispossessions and the Politics of Voice: From Horace Walpole to Alejandro Tapia y Rivera,” American Comparative Literature Association in Utrecht, July 2017

“Ideas of Improvement and the Counterfactual Imagination in Emma,” British Association for Romantic Studies in York, July 2017

“Keats, Contingency, the Codex,” The Keats Foundation, Hampstead, May 2017

“Gothic Dispossession and the Politics of Voice,” Invited Lecture at King’s College London, May 2017

“‘in argosy transferr’d’: Voice and Dispossession in Keats and Radcliffe,” Invited Research Seminar at the University of Leeds, 28 February 2017

“Voice and Dispossession: A Comparative Poetics,” Invited Research Seminar at University of Sussex, 22 November 2016

“Voice and Dispossession: A Comparative Poetics,” Invited Research Seminar at Cardiff University, 8 November 2016

“Contingencies of the Future Anterior: Austen, Dickens, Nabokov,” Invited Pre-Circulated Paper at Literature & Contingency Symposium, Warwick in Venice, Italy 2-4 May 2016

“The Time of Reading,” Invited Talk at Nineteenth Century Seminar, University of Cambridge, 1 March 2016

“Transatlantic Romantic Gothic,” Invited Pre-Circulated Paper at 18th/19th-c. Atlantic Cultures Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2015