Professional Bio

My first love in literature was Romantic poetry in general and Wordsworth’s in particular, so almost everything I’ve produced as a scholar bears some relation to this period and its poetry, including my monograph Wordsworth Before Coleridge (Routledge, 2018) as well as my contributions to Cognition, Literature, and History (Routledge, 2014), which I coedited with Donald Wehrs, The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (2015), the de Gruyter Handbook of British Romanticism (2017), and The Palgrave Handbook of Affect Studies and Textual Criticism (2017).  Literary-critical essays on English literature from Chaucer to Margaret Atwood have appeared in such journals as The Chaucer Review, European Romantic Review, Poetics Today, Studies in Philology, Studies in Romanticism, and The Wallace Stevens Journal.        

With a study of deixis published in 2005, my research took a turn toward what might be called “historical cognitive poetics,” which aims to assess what and how exactly historical theories, practices, and interpretations of literature may contribute to present-day cognitive and empirical literary studies.  My most recent study in this vein, published in Scientific Study of Literature in 2018, involves citation analysis of the historical record of professional literary interpretation in order to reveal and understand the textual bases of literariness.

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