Dr Emily Rohrbach

Lecturer in British Literature

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Emily Rohrbach (Ph.D. Boston University) joined the Department of English Literature, American Studies, and Creative Writing (EAC) at the University of Manchester in January 2016, having previously taught in the United States at Hamilton College and at Northwestern University. She teaches and writes about British Romanticism, comparative Gothic literatures, narrative theory, literature and historiography, aesthetics and politics, the poetics of time, and the materiality and literary imagination of the codex book. Dr. Rohrbach welcomes inquiries from prospective postgraduate students interested in any of these areas.

In December 2015, her monograph, Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation, was published in the Lit Z series of Fordham University Press. Modernity's Mist explores the question not so much of what Romantic writers knew about their historical moment, than of why they felt they could not fully grasp "the spirit of the age"--and what implications that perceived difficulty has both for writing a history of the present in the Romantic period and for writing critically about Romanticism in the twenty-first century. Additionally, she is co-editor of Reading Keats, Thinking Politics, the 50th anniversary issue of the journal Studies in Romanticism, for which she solicited and co-translated an essay by Jacques Rancière, "The Politics of the Spider," and she is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles focusing on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature.

She is currently working on two new projects: Codex Poetics, a monograph on the counterfactual imagination, the codex book, and the politics of time in the Romantic period, and Gothic Dispossessions, a monograph focusing on the politics of voice and dispossession in comparative (British, U.S., and Caribbean) Gothic literatures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her journal articles have appeared in Studies in Romanticism, Textual Practice, Keats-Shelley Journal, European Romantic Review, and SEL: Studies in English Literature. She has recently given (or is scheduled to give) invited talks on her new work at the University of Cambridge, Boston University, Warwick in Venice, the University of Chicago, the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar (Senate House, London), the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Lille, France.

Dr. Rohrbach represents EAC on the School-wide (SALC) Committee on Equality and Diversity as well as on the committee for the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Literature (CIDRAL). As principal organizer of the 2019 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism, hosted by the University of Manchester, Dr. Rohrbach is responsible for bringing ICR to the UK for the first time since it was founded; the conference will coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre. She serves on the Editorial Board of The Keats-Shelley Journal.

Dr. Rohrbach is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (since May 2019).


Email: emily.rohrbach@manchester.ac.uk

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