Dr Emily Rohrbach


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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 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 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. In June 2020, she will give a keynote address at the BARS (British Association for Romantic Studies) Conference in London on the theme of "Romantic Futurities."

Her current book project, Codex Poetics: Romantic Books and the Politics of Reading, explores the relations between Romantic poetics and material formats. It 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. To tell that story, the project draws on book history and histories of reading as well as theories of metaphor, narrative, and time.

Dr. Rohrbach is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. In 2019-20, she is the Academic Coordinator for the Humanities' New Academics Programme (HNAP) and serves as representative for English Lit, American Studies, and Creative Writing to the Committee on Equality and Diversity. As organiser of the 2019 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism (https://icrmcr2019.wordpress.com), she chaired the Lore Metzger Prize Committee. Since 2019, she has served on the editorial board of The Keats-Shelley Journal

In September 2020, Dr. Rohrbach will be joining the Department of English Studies at Durham University.

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