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Dr Emily Wing Rohrbach

Associate Professor in English Literature 1660-1832

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Associate Professor in English Literature 1660-1832 in the Department of English Studies  


Emily Rohrbach teaches and writes about British and comparative Romanticisms, narrative theory, literature and historiography, aesthetics and politics, the poetics of time, and the materiality and literary imagination of the codex book. Her essays on these topics have appeared as journal articles in European Romantic Review; The Keats-Shelley Journal; Romanticism; SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900; Studies in Romanticism; and Textual Practice.

Her first book, Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation, was published in the Lit Z series of Fordham University Press in 2016 and was supported by research fellowships at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Austria and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in Evanston, IL. She is co-editor of Reading Keats, Thinking Politics, the 50th anniversary issue of the journal Studies in Romanticism, for which she translated into English a bespoke essay by Jacques Rancière, ‘The Politics of the Spider’.

A new monograph, provisionally entitled Codex Poetics: Romantic Books and the Politics of Reading, explores the relations between Romantic poetics and material formats. This project 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. Research for this project has been supported by a pilot grant from The John Rylands Research Institute, Manchester.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Peterloo in summer 2019, Dr. Rohrbach organised the International Conference on Romanticism, which brought the annual ICR conference to the UK for the first time.

Dr. Rohrbach serves on the editorial board of The Keats-Shelley Journal and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

While teaching on a wide range of undergraduate modules in English Studies, Dr. Rohrbach has recently introduced a new MA module for the Romantic and Victorian pathway, 'Adventures in Reading: Romantic Books and Political Possibilities', which explores the play between poetics and format in the Romantic period.

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Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation


Authored book

  • Rohrbach, Emily (2016). Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation. Fordham University Press, Lit Z.

Book review

  • Rohrbach, Emily (2016). Review of Susan Wolfson's Reading John Keats. The BARS Review
  • Rohrbach, Emily (2010). Review of Jacques Khalip's Anonymous Life: Romanticism and Dispossession. Studies in Romanticism 49(2): 340-345.
  • Rohrbach, Emily (2009). Review of Heather Glen and Paul Hamilton's Repossessing the Romantic Past. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 31(4): 399-402.
  • Rohrbach, Emily (2006). Review of Peter Fritzsche's Stranded in the Present: Modern Time and the Melancholy of History. Studies in Romanticism 45(3): 486-490.
  • Rohrbach, Emily (2005). Review of Kevis Goodman's Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History. E-REA: Revue d'Etudes Anglophones 3(2).

Chapter in book

  • Rohrbach, Emily (2021). "The Novelty of Mansfield Park". In Routledge Companion to Jane Austen. Maria Frawley & Cheryl Wilson Routledge.
  • Rohrbach, Emily (2019). "'uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts': Pluralities and the Historical Present in Keats and Hazlitt". In Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives. Eds. Brian Rejack & Mike Theune. Liverpool University Press.
  • Rohrbach,Emily (2019). 'Without you, I am nothing': On the Counterfactual Imagination in Emma (reprint from 2018 journal article). In Literature and Contingency. Ed. Christina Lupton. Routledge.
  • Rohrbach, Emily (2012). "Negative Capability". In The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Ed. Roland Greene. Princeton University Press.
  • Rohrbach, Emily (2012). "The Lake Poets". In The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Ed. Roland Greene. Princeton University Press.

Edited Journal

  • Rohrbach, Emily & Sun, Emily (2011). Reading Keats, Thinking Politics: the 50th anniversary issue of SiR. Studies in Romanticism, 50 (2): Johns Hopkins University Press.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Rohrbach, Emily & Mulrooney, Jonathan (2021). Video Interview with the Keats-Shelley Association of America on the topic of 'Romanticism in the Meantime'--the 20-event series I co-curated online July 2020-June 2021. (September 2021).

Translated Chapter in Book

  • Rancière, Jacques (author), Rohrbach,Emily (translator) & Sun, Emily (translator) (trans.) (2011). '"The Politics of the Spider" '. In Studies in Romanticism (journal). (ed.).

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