Enjoying the hair-raising view from Mt. Snowden, Wales

CHARLES J. RZEPKA

 

Professor of English

Boston University

 

Editor, Studies in Romanticism

 

Last Updated: 9/3/10

Home Address: 
268 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420

 

Email: crzepka@bu.edu

Work Address

English Dept.
Boston University
236 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215

Work Phone: (617) 358-2553

 
 
Educational Background:
PhD University of California at Berkeley, June, 1979

MA University of California at Berkeley, December, 1974

BA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June, 1971

 
Academic Experience:
Boston University, Boston, MA Asst., Assoc., Full Professor
Fall, 1979--present
University of California, Berkeley, CA Teaching Associate
Fall, 1976--Spring, 1979
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA Visiting Instructor

Winter, 1975, 1978, 1979

 

Current Fields of Interest:

British Romanticism, Detective and Crime Fiction, Phenomenology of Reading, Philosophy of History, History of Science.

 

Honors and Awards:

Boston University Humanities Foundation Senior Fellowship, Spring 2007

Boston University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, 2006

Best Article Prize, "Sacrificial Sites . . ." European Romantic Review, 2005

Distinguished Scholar Award, Keats-Shelley Association of America, 2004

Best Essay Prize, "'Cortez--or Balboa . . .'" Keats-Shelley Association of America, 2003

Boston University Humanities Foundation Grant, 2000 ($16, 500 for Obi--see below)

NEH Fellow, 1990 ($27,000)

Junior Humanities Fellow, Humanities Foundation, Boston University, 1986-87

Thomas J. Wilson Prize (first book award), Harvard University Press, 1984

NEH Planning Grant for Curriculum Development, Team Member, 1983

Regents' Fellow, University of California, 1974-76

University of Michigan Honors Program, magna cum laude, 1971

University of Michigan General Motors Scholar (full tuition), 1967-71

 

Languages:

Speak, read German; read French.

 

Dissertation Title:

The Self as Mind: "Visionary Solipsism," Self-Disembodiment, and the Search for Recognition in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.

Readers: Andrew Griffin, English; Julian Boyd, English; Hubert Dreyfus, Philosophy

 

Scholarship:

 

Books:

 

Inventions and Interventions: Selected Studies in Romantic and American Literature, History, and Culture. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming 2010.

Detective Fiction. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005.

Sacramental Commodities: Gift, Text, and the Sublime in De Quincey's Confessions. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995.

The Self as Mind: Vision and Identity in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986.

 

Performances:

 

Producer: Obi: A Play in the Life of Ira Aldridge, the Paul Robeson of the Nineteenth Century. Songs and scenes from the pantomime and melodrama versions of Obi; or, Three-finger'd Jack, with commentary and academic papers on the plays and on the nineteenth-century African-American actor, Ira Aldridge. Performed 18 July 2000 at The Playwrights' Theater, Boston University, Boston, MA, and 14 September 2000 at the Eighth Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Tempe, AZ.

 

Edited Volumes:

 

A Companion to Crime Fiction. Co-editor Lee Horsley, U. of Lancaster. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Obi: A volume of taped performances and printed essays for the online journal Romantic Praxis, based on Obi; A Play in the Life of Ira Aldridge, the Paul Robeson of the NineteenthCentury (see above).  Romantic Praxis Autumn 2002.  Online at http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/obi.

 

Collaborative Work

 

As Roman Sympos, pseud. "Enchanted Archive: Influence, Dissemination, and Media Transformation in Shelley's 'Ode to the West Wind.'" RaVon: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. No. 50, May 2008. Co-authored with Andrew Stauffer, et al. At: http://www.erudit.org/revue/ravon/2008/v/n50/018145ar.html (4058 words).

 

Articles and Book Chapters:

 

"Holmes-Coming for What Son? Charles Doyle's Failed Nostos." In Peter X. Accardo, John Bergquist, Dan Posnansky, eds. Papers at an Exhibition. New York: The Houghton Library, 2009. Pp. 149-164.

"Weighing it Again." In Larry Peer, ed. Romanticism and the Object . New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Pp. 177-199.

"Elmore Leonard." In Charles Rzepka and Lee Horsley, eds. A Companion to Crime Fiction. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010. Pp. 510-522.

"Twentieth-Century American Crime and Detective Fiction." In John T. Matthews, ed. A Companion to the Modern American Novel, 1900-1950. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2009. Pp. 454-465.

"'I'm in the Business Too': Gothic Chivalry, Private Eyes, and Proxy Sex and Violence in Chandler's The Big Sleep." In John Paul Riquelme, ed. Gothic and Modernism: Essaying Dark Literary Modernity. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 2008. (Rpt. from Modern Fiction Studies 46.3 (2000): 695-724.

"To Be a Thing: Wordsworth's 'A slumber did my spirit seal' and the Paradox of Corporealization," The Wordsworth Circle 39.1 (2008): 51-62.

"Race, Region, Rule: Genre and the Case of Charlie Chan." PMLA. 122.4 (2007): 1463-1481.

"'A Deafening Menace in Tempestuous Uproars': De Quincey's 1856 Confessions, The Indian Mutiny, and the Response of Collins and Dickens." In Robert Morrison and Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, eds. Thomas De Quincey: New Theoretical and Critical Directions. New York and London: Routledge, 2007. Pp. 211-233.

"Detection as Method: Reconstructing the Past in Godwin and Freud," Literature Compass 2 (2005): RO 182, 1-12. Online at http://www.literature-compass.com/viewpoint.asp?section=7&ref=498 (DOI 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2005.00182.x).

"Poetry." In Nicholas Roe, ed. Romanticism: An Oxford Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Pp. 607-619.

"Sacrificial Sites, Place-Keeping, and 'Pre-History' in Wordsworth's 'Michael,'" European Romantic Review 15.2 (2004): 205-213.

“Wordsworth’s Lyrical Archaeology: The Poetics of Prehistorical Imagination in ‘The Brothers,’” The Wordsworth Circle 34.2 (2003): 81-85.

"From Relics to Remains: Wordsworth's 'The Thorn' and the Emergence of Secular History." Romanticism on the Net 31 (August 2003). At http://www.erudit.org/revue/ron/2003/v/n31/00869ar.html.

"Pictures of the Mind: Iron and Charcoal, 'Ouzy' Tides and 'Vagrant Dwellers' at Tintern, 1798." Studies in Romanticism 42.2 (2003): 155-185.

"'Cortez--or Balboa, or Somebody Like That': Form, Fact, and Forgetting in Keats's 'Chapman's Homer' Sonnet." Keats-Shelley Journal 51 (2002): 35-75.

"'All the Business of the Elements': the Early ‘Spots of Time’ and the Sublime as Sacramental Commodity."  In J. Robert Barthes, ed.  The Fountain Light: Studies in Romanticism and Religion.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2001. Pp. 73-89.

"The Feel of Not to Feel It." PMLA 116.5 (2001): 1422-31.

"Bang Up! Theatricality and the 'Diphrelatic Art' in De Quincey's English Mail-Coach." Nineteenth-Century Prose 28.2 (2001): 75-101.

"'I'm in the Business Too': Gothic Chivalry, Private Eyes, and Proxy Sex and Violence in Chandler's The Big Sleep." Modern Fiction Studies 46.3 (2000): 695-724.

"De Quincey and Kant." PMLA "Forum." PMLA 115.1 (2000): 93-94.

"Elizabeth Bishop and the Wordsworth of Lyrical Ballads: Sentimentalism, Straw Men, and Misprision." Romantic Praxis Autumn, 1999. Online publication at http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/lyrical/rzepka/bishop.html.

"Moral Cross-Dressing: Contemporary Trends in Liberal Preaching and Literary Criticism." Co-authored by Jane R. Rzepka. In Seeing into the Life of Things: Essays on Literature and Religious Experience. Ed. John L. Mahoney. New York: Fordham University Press, 1998. Pp. 88-107.

"The 'Dark Problem' of Greek Tragedy: Sublimated Violence in De Quincey." The Wordsworth Circle 29.2 (1998): 114-120.

"Re-collecting Spontaneous Overflows: Romantic Passions, the Sublime, and Mesmerism." Romantic Praxis Winter, 1998. Online publication at http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/praxis/rzp.htm#three.

"Position Paper" for "Romanticism in Crisis: A Panel Discussion on Period and Profession," in Romantic Circles Winter, 1998. Online publication at http://www.inform.umd.edu/RC/pages/cex/features/crisis.html.

"Thomas De Quincey's 'Three-Fingered Jack': The West Indian Origins of the 'Dark Interpreter.'" European Romantic Review 8.2 (1997): 117-138.

"'God, and King, and Law': Anarchic Anxiety and Shelley's Canonical Function," in Timothy Clark and Jerrold Hogle, eds. Evaluating Shelley. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996. Pp 11-27.

"The Anti-Slavery Movement and De Quincey's 'Savannah-La-Mar': the Sublimation of Surplus Labor Value in Urban Gothic." The Wordsworth Circle 27.1 (1996): 33-37.

"Detective Fiction," in F. M. Leventhal, ed. Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 1995. Pp 223-25.

"Making it in a Brave New World: Marriage, Profession, and Anti-Romantic Ekstasis in Austen's Persuasion." Studies in the Novel 26.2 (1994): 99-120.

"De Quincey and the Malay: Dove Cottage Idolatry." TheWordsworth Circle 24 (1993): 180-185.

"Thomas De Quincey and Roman Ingarden: The Phenomenology of the "Literature of Power.'" Analecta Husserliana 33 (1991): 119-130.

"The Literature of Power and the Imperial Will: De Quincey's Opium War Essays." South Central Review 8.1 (1991): 37-45.

"'Julian and Maddalo' as Revisionary Conversation Poem." In The New Shelley: Later Twentieth-Century Views. Ed. G. K. Blank. London: Macmillan, 1991. Pp. 128-149.

"'Julian and Maddalo': An Introduction to Shelley.'" In Approaches to Teaching Shelley's Poetry. Ed. Spencer Hall. New York: MLA, 1990. Pp. 67-69.

"A Gift that Complicates Employ: Poetry and Poverty in 'Resolution and Independence.'" Studies in Romanticism 28.2 (1989): 225-47.

"The Marketplace and Literary Studies: Some Reflections on Current Scholarship." Nineteenth-Century Contexts 12.2 (1988): 7-10.

"Anton Chekhov." In Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale Research Incorporated, 1988. Pp. 73-80.

"The Body, the Book, and 'The True Hero of the Tale': De Quincey's 1821 Confessions and Romantic Autobiography as Cultural Artifact." In Studies in Autobiography. Ed. James Olney. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Pp. 73-80.

"'If I Can Make It There': Oz's Emerald City and the New Woman." Studies in Popular Culture. 10.2 (1987): 54-66.

"Farce and Self-Representation in De Quincey's Confessions." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 2.4 (1987):14-19.

"Books 10 and 11 of The Prelude: The French Revolution and the Poet's Vocation." In Approaches to Teaching Wordsworth's Poetry. Ed. Spencer Hall. New York: MLA, 1986. Pp. 113-15.

"Christabel's 'Wandering Mother' and the Discourse of the Self: A Lacanian Reading of Repressed Narration." Romanticism Past and Present 10.2 (1986): 17-43.

"Lear's Daughters, the 'Weird Sisters,' and Chekhov's The Three Sisters: The Arcana of Archetypal Influence." Modern Language Studies 14.4. (1984): 18-27.

"Theatrum Mundi and Keats's Otho the Great: The Self in 'Saciety.'" Romanticism Past and Present 8.1 (1984): 35-50.

 

Works in Progress:

 

A book-length study of the work of Elmore Leonard, tentatively entitled Being Cool.

An essay on the detective fiction of Todd Downing, part-Choctaw writer, editor, and translator.

An online edition of the Reverend William Dodd's Thoughts in Prison, with an essay on its role in shaping Coleridge's "This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison."

 

 

Review Articles:

 

"Re-'New'-ing Historicism." A combined review of Clifford Siskin, The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change in Britain, 1700-1830 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins U. P., 1998) and James Chandler, England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (Chicago: U. of Chicago Press, 1998), with reflections on the current state of Romantic "New Historicism." In JEGP 98.3 (2000): 430-39.

"Peripheries." A review of Susan Manning. The Puritan-Provincial Vision: Scottish and American Literature in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge U. P., 1990. In The London Review of Books 13.6 (1991): 17-18.

"Wordsworth Ab Extra?" A review of Stephen Gill. William Wordsworth: A Life. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989. In Essays in Criticism 40 (1990): 170-77.

"Honing the Question." A review of Susan J. Wolfson. The Questioning Presence: Wordsworth, Keats, and the Interrogative Mode in Romantic Poetry. Ithaca: Cornell U. P., 1986. In Washington Book Review 2.3 (1987): 11.

 

Book Reviews:

 

Nicholas Halmi. The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. In MLQ 71.2 (2010): 218-222.

Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, eds. The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vol. 2. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. In European Romantic Review 19.5 (2008): 500-503.

Grant F. Scott, ed. Joseph Severn: Letters and Memoirs. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005. In Studies in Romanticism 46.4 (2007): 541-545.

Judith Pascoe. The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious history of Romantic Collecting. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006. In The Wordsworth Circle 37.4 (2006): 221-3.

Philip Shaw. Waterloo and the Romantic Imagination. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002. In Romantic Praxis 7.2 (2004). http://www.rc.umd.edu/reviews/current/shaw.html.

John L. Mahoney. Wordsworth and the Critics: the Development of a Critical Reputation. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2001. In Studies in Romanticism 42.1 (2003): 147-8.

Frederick Burwick. Thomas De Quincey: Knowledge and Power. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996. In Romantic Praxis 6.1 (2003). http://www.rc.umd.edu/reviews/burwick.html.

Alan Richardson. British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. In Nineteenth-Century Literature 57.4 (2003): 572-4.

Timothy Morton. The Poetics of Spice: Romantic Consumerism and the Exotic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. In The Wordsworth Circle 32.4 (2003): 238-9.

Brian Stock. Augustine the Reader: Meditation, Self-Knowledge, and the Ethics of Interpretation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996. In International Journal of the Classical Tradition 6.1 (1999): 113-116.

Warren Stevenson. Romanticism and the Androgynous Sublime. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996. In European Romantic Review 7.2 (1997): 446-49.

Alina Clej. A Genealogy of the Modern Self: Thomas De Quincey and the Intoxication of Writing. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1995, and Barry Mulligan. Pleasures and Pains: Opium and the Orient in 19th-Century British Culture. Chartottesville and London: UP of Virginia, 1995. In The Wordsworth Circle 27.4 (1996): 205-207.

Josephine McDonagh. De Quincey's Disciplines Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. In Nineteenth-Century Literature 51.1 (1996): 114-117.

Michael Macovski. Dialogue and Literature: Apostrophe, Auditors, and the Collapse of Romantic Discourse Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. In JEGP 95.1 (1996): 135-7.

Alan Richardson. Literature, Education, and Romanticism: Reading as Social Practice 1780-1832 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. In The Wordsworth Circle 26.4 (1995): 203-4.

Douglas B. Wilson. The Romantic Dream: Wordsworth and the Poetics of the Unconscous Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. In Studies in Romanticism 34.4 (1995): 637-640.

John Barrell. The Infection of Thomas De Quincey: A Psychopathology of Imperialism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991. In Studies in Romanticism 33.1 (1994): 172-5.

Terence Allan Hoagwood. Skepticism and Ideology: Shelley's Political Prose and its Philosophical Context from Bacon to Marx. Iowa City: U. of Iowa Press, 1988. In South Central Review 8.1 (1991): 79-81.

Stephen Bygrave. Coleridge and the Self: Romantic Egotism. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986. In Studies in Romanticism 28.2 (1989): 532-5.

Marjorie Levinson. The Romantic Fragment Poem: A Critique of a Form. Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina Press, 1986. In The Wordsworth Circle 19.4 (1988): 209-10.

James Mulvihill. Thomas Love Peacock. Boston: Twayne, 1987. In Choice 25.8 (1988): 160.

J. J. Jackson. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Selected Letters. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987. In Choice 25.5 (1988): 134.

John C. Whale. Thomas De Quincey's Reluctant Autobiography. Totowa, NJ: Barnes and Noble, 1984. In Studies in Romanticism 27.2 (1988): 244-45.

Willard Speigelman. Wordsworth's Heroes. Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1985. In The Wordsworth Circle 18.4 (1987): 161-3.

Jeffrey Baker. John Keats and Symbolism. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986. In Keats-Shelley Journal 36 (1987): 196-99.

Lawrence Frank. Charles Dickens and the Romantic Self. Lincoln: U. of Nebraska Press, 1984. In Studies in Romanticism 25.2 (1986): 585-89.

 

Papers, Presentations, and Panels:

 

"Lyrical Ballads and the Work of Detection," International Conference on Romanticism, Rochester, MI, October 16-19, 2008.

"Fantastic Sites: Topographies of Family Violence in 'This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,'" Washington Area Romanticism Group, Washington, D.C., April 26, 2008.

"Behind Eastern Eyes: Geishas in Massachusetts, Charlie Chan in Chinatown," Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, April 16-20, 2008.

Plenary Speaker, "Weighing it Again." International Conference on Romanticism, Baltimore, MD. October 19, 2007.

"'Perform Thy Task Untouch'd, Alone': Aeolian Harps as Home Entertainment." Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA. December 27-30, 2006.

"To Be A Thing." International Conference on Romanticism," Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. November 9-12, 2006.

Invited Panelist, The Future of Romanticism. Center for Humanities and the Arts. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. May 22-23, 2006.

Invited Lecturer, "'Of which I told': Analepsis, Violence, and the Re-presenting of History--Natural and Unnatural--in Coleridge's 'This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison,'" Research Center for Urban Cultural History, U. of Massachusetts at Boston, February 27, 2006.

"Narrative Reconstruction and Psychoanalytic Authority: Godwin's Anti-Historicism," for the Romanticism Division session, "Psychopathologies of Everyday Romanticism," Modern Language Association Convention, Philadephia, PA, December 2004.

Respondent, "Anglo-Hispanic Romanticism," at the 12th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boulder, CO, September, 2004.

"Poe and Pre-History: The Birth of Detection," at the 12th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boulder, CO, September, 2004.

“Pictures of the Mind: Iron and Charcoal, "Ouzy" Tides and "Vagrant Dwellers" at Tintern, 1798,” Plenary Speaker, at the Wordsworth Summer Conference, Grasmere, Cumbria, August, 2003.

“Place and Place Keeping in Wordsworth,” at the 11th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, New York, NY, August, 2003.

“Wordsworth and Lyrical Archaeology: The Poetics of Prehistorical Imagination in ‘The Brothers,’” at the Wordsworth-Coleridge Division Session, Modern Language Association Convention, New York, NY, December 2002.

Respondent, Special Session on Romantic Autobiography, Modern Language Association Convention, New York, NY, December, 2002.

"From Relics to Remains: Wordsworth and the Emergence of Secular History," at the 10th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, London, ON, August, 2002.

"Poetics in Keats and Shelley," special session chair, at the 9th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Seatlle, WA, August, 2001.

"'Their Fearful Employment': Progress, Prospect, and the Picturesque 'On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye,'" for the English Romanticism Division session on Romanticism and Science, Modern Language Association Convention, Washington DC, December, 2000.

"Current Trends in Romantic Studies," invited panelist, Arizona State University, April, 2000.

"Industrial Waste or Industrial Taste? The Ironworks at Tintern and Wordsworth's 1798 Revisit," at the Inaugural meeting of the Synchronicity group, U. of Colorado at Boulder, April, 2000.

"Elizabeth Bishop and William Wordsworth: Sentimentalism, Straw Men, and Critical Misprision," at a Special Session, "'The Honourable Chracteristic of Poetry': Two Hundred Years of Reading Lyrical Ballads," Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December, 1998.

"'All the Business of the Elements': The First Wordsworth Circle and the 'Spots of Time' in the 1798-1799 Prelude," at the First Joint Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and the British Association for Romantic Studies, Richmond, England, July, 1998.

"The 'Dark Problem' of Greek tragedy: Sublimated Violence in De Quincey," at the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association double-session of the Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, ON, December, 1997.

"Romanticism in Crisis: the Professional Importance of the Aesthetic," position paper for a Plenary Panel Discussion, "Romanticism in Crisis," at the 5th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Hamilton, ON, October, 1997.

"'Thus I relieve thee, my creator': Blindness, Deformity, and Sublime Risk in Frankenstein," at the Romanticism Division Session of the Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D. C., December, 1996.

"De Quincey's 'Dark Interpreter' and Three-Fingered Jack, 'The Terror of Jamaica,'" at the 4th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boston, MA, November, 1996.

"Silence, Risk, and the Sublime," for the "Lectures in Criticism" series, Boston Univeristy, Boston, MA, October, 1996.

"The Anti-Slavery Movement and De Quincey's City beneath the Sea: 'Savannah-La-Mar' and the Sublimation of Surplus Labor Value in Urban Gothic," at the 3rd annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Baltimore, July, 1995.

"Theft, Debt, and Wordsworth's 'Spots of Time': Breaking the Gift-Cycle and the Emergence of the Romantic Sublime," at the Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century Division Program of the Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, December, 1993.

"Marriage in a Brave New World: Gender, Profession, and the Sense of History in Austen's Persuasion," at the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association Program of the Modern Language Association Convention, "Beyond Romanticism: Post-Romantic Historiography, Non-Romantic Histories, and the Limits of Romanticism," New York, December, 1992.

""God and King and Law': Anarchic Anxiety and Shelley's Canonical Function," at the Shelley Bicentennial Conference, Gregynog, Wales, United Kingdom, August, 1992.

"De Quincey and the Malay: Dove Cottage Idolatry," Wordsworth Summer Conference, Grasmere, Cumbria, United Kingdom, August, 1992.

"An Economics of the Sublime," Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University, December, 1989.

"Motion and Emotion in the Wordsworthian Sublime," Invited lecture, Conference on "Wordsworth and the Age of Romanticism," Skidmore College, June, 1988.

(Same paper as immediately above) Invited lecture, Conference on "Wordsworth and Romanticism" at the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University, April,1988.

"Thomas De Quincey and Roman Ingarden: The Phenomenology of the 'Literature of Power,'" Thirteenth Annual Convention of the International Society of Phenomenology and Literature, Cambridge, MA, April, 1988.

"A Gift that Complicates Employ: Poetry and Poverty in 'Resolution and Independence,'" Wordsworth-Coleridge Association Meeting of the Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December, 1987.

"Narrativity, Gestalt, and Autobiography," invited lecture, Rhode Island College, Providence, March, 1987.

"Hyperborean Houhynhnms: Shklovsky's 'Making Strange' and Linguistic Distortion in Gulliver's Travels," at a Special Session, "Gulliver's Travels 250 Years Later," Modern Language Association Convention, New York, December, 1986.

"Farce and Self-Representation in De Quincey's Confessions," Autobiography Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, December, 1985.

"Oz's Emerald City and the New American Woman," Ninth American Imagery Association Convention, Los Angeles, October, 1985.

"The Body, the Book, and 'The True Hero of the Tale,'" First International Symposium on Autobiography, Louisiana State University, March, 1985.

"'I Hate a Motive': Byronic Paganism and the Self as Cultural Artifact," at a Special Session, "Romantic Skepticism in Theoretical Perspective," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D. C., December, 1984.

"The 'Feminine' in Nature: John Clare's Childe Harold, His Madness, His 'Mary,'" English Romanticism Section of the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, March, 1984.

"'States' and 'Masks': Historical Mythopoesis in Blake and Shelley," at a Special Session, "Blake and Shelley: Two Generations of Apocalypse," Modern Language Association Convention, New York: December, 1983.

"'Earth, and Sky and Sea' in the Poetry of John Clare: the Cartography of Madness," Seventh American Imagery Conference, San Francisco, October, 1983.

"Depersonalization in Wordsworth and Coleridge," Wordsworth-Coleridge Association Program of the Modern Language Association Convention, Los Angeles, December, 1982.

"An Abyss of Idealism: Confrontations in Wordsworth's Poetry," Colloquium Series of the English Department of Boston University, March 1982.

"The Language of Repression in Christabel," Conference of the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley, 1979.

 

Professional Activities:

 

Chair, Special Two-Part Session, "Humor and Diversity" and "Humor, Readers, and Readerships," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Toronto, August 2008.

Delegate of the Romanticism Division to the Delegate Assembly, Modern Language Association, 2007-2010.

Chair, Special Two-Part Session, "Crime" I, II, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Montreal, August, 2005.

Chair, Session arranged by the Keats-Shelley Association of America, "Romanticism and the Historical Sciences," Modern Language Association of America Convention, San Diego, December, 2003.

Chair, Special Session, "Poetics in Keats and Shelley," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Seattle, August, 2001.

Chair, Special Session, "Materializing Romanticism: Writing, Gender, and the System," Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December, 1998.

Chair, Special Session, "Improvisation: Writing and Performance, Structure and Spontaneity from Romanticism to Postmodernism," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D. C., December, 1996.

Chair, Special Session, "Out of Bounds: Austen and Ideology," Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, December, 1993.

Chair, Special Session, "The Game is Still Afoot: A Holmes Centenary," Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December, 1987.

Chair, Special Session, "Market Forces and the 19th-Century English Novel," Modern Language Association Convention, New York, December, 1986. (Proceedings published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts 12.2 (1988).

Chair, English Romanticism Division, Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Hartford, CT, March, 1985.

Chair, Special Session, "'Other' Poets in the Romantic Tradition: John Clare's Realism and the Forms of Vision," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D.C., December, 1984.

Advisory Board, Literature and Religion Series, Fordham University Press

Editorial Board, Literature Compass

 

Membership:

 

Modern Language Association

Keats-Shelley Association

Byron Society

Friends of Coleridge

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

American Studies Association

Association for Asian American Studies

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies