FACULTY AT WESTERN WITH RESEARCH INTERESTS IN ROMANTICISM AND 18TH/19TH STUDIES

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH


ANGELA ESTERHAMMER
Graduate Courses Recently Taught:
English / Comp Lit 559B Romantic Performances
English / Comp Lit 533A The Bible and Contemporary Theory
English / Comp Lit 556 Romanticism and Performativity
Theory and Criticism 566B Performativity

Research Interests:
I work in the area of British, German, and European Romanticism and nineteenth-century culture, from perspectives that emphasize performativity and performance. My books Creating States (1994) and The Romantic Performative (2000) focus on verbal performativity and speech acts, and on philosophies of language that were circulating during the Romantic period. My current project, a book on the concept and practice of poetic improvisation in the period 1750-1850, regards performance as a sociocultural phenomenon — both as stage performance and identity-construction. Major genres and authors covered in my research and teaching are English and German Romantic poetry (Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Hemans, Landon, Hölderlin), fiction (Godwin, Kleist, Staël), and, increasingly, drama. I am a Founding Member and Executive Committee member of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Founding Director of Western's graduate program in Comparative Literature (MA, PhD), and Past President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association.



TILOTTAMA RAJAN
Graduate Courses Recently Taught:
English 837; Revolution and Deconstruction
Romanticism, Narrative, Historiography
Theory 577a; Revisiting Idealism
Spectres of Phenomenology
Theory 503y; Deconstruction Before and After Post-Structuralism
Romantic Narrative

Research Interests:
Romantic literature with a particular interest in the 1790s (Godwin, Blake, Wordsworth, women novelists), and in the Shelleys and Coleridge (including his interests in philosophy and science). German Romantic Philosophy and aesthetic theory: Kant, Schopenhauer, the Schlegels, Schelling, and Hegel. The organization of knowledge: my interests here are largely in disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, and how they have been constituted in Britain and Europe from the late 18thc. to the present, as well as in the place of certain faculties — e.g. the humanities in relation to science or social science —, and certain disciplines — philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and "Theory" — in the history of knowledge. To a lesser extent I am also interested in material aspects of the organisation of knowledge, such as collecting, archiving, and encyclopedias.



JOEL FAFLAK
Graduate Courses Recently Taught:
Theory and Criticism 675, The Psychoanalysis of Philosophy

Research Interests:
My fields of interest cover theory and criticism; nineteenth-century literature and culture, both Romantic and Victorian, but especially Romantic and the aftermath of Romanticism in Victorian culture; psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theory, and histories of psychoanalsyis; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy; cultural studies and popular culture; American film musicals. I am interested in the commodification of thought, particularly the classification of knowledge about the psyche and its place in the social order within a history of ideas that produces contemporary psychoanalysis.



JAN PLUG
Graduate Courses Recently Taught:
Literature, The Idea
Aesthetics and Politics (at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism)
Imagining Community (at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism)

Research Interests: My research interests are in English and German romanticism, literary theory (especially contemporary French and German theory), and Idealist philosophy.



J. DOUGLAS KNEALE
Graduate Courses Recently Taught:
Wordsworth and Coleridge
Wordsworth's Prelude and Critical Theory
Lyrical Ballads
Wordsworth and Psychoanalysis (Graduate Reading Course)

Research Interests:
Romanticism/Wordsworth, Milton, Shakespeare/Literary history, theory, and criticism/ History of rhetoric/ Literary interpretation/ Deconstruction, psychoanalysis.


MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES


NAT LEACH
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research interests:
The Gothic, Romantic Drama, Ethical Theory (Levinas, Blanchot, Derrida, et cet.)

Forthcoming Publications:
“Historical Bodies in a ‘Mental Theatre’: Byron and the Ethics of History.” Studies in Romanticism.

“Between the ‘Hostile Body’ and the ‘Hieroglyphic Human Soul’: The Ethics of Beddoes’ ‘Mental Theatre’.” The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Ed. Michael Bradshaw and Ute Berns.


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