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. 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 Romanticism's future-oriented poetics, shedding light less on what Romantic writers knew about their historical moment, than on 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.
Her current book project is entitled Codex Poetics: Romantic Books and the Politics of Reading. Concerning authors such as Letitia Elizabeth Landon, John Keats, Jane Austen, Mary Prince, William Wordsworth, Leigh Hunt, and William Hazlitt, among others, this monograph explores how poetic figurations of the codex book in Romantic texts, considered in relation to their material formats, help shape a politics of "the time of reading" in the Romantic period. 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 at the University of Cambridge, Boston University, Warwick in Venice, the University of Chicago, the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Lille, France.
In 2019/20, Dr. Rohrbach is serving as academic coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities' New Academics Programme. She also represents English, American Studies, and Creative Writing on the School-wide (SALC) Committee on Equality and Diversity. 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 coincided with the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre.
Dr. Rohrbach is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (since May 2019). She chaired the 2019 Lore Metzger Prize Committee, and she serves on the Editorial Board of The Keats-Shelley Journal.