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Michael Gamer

Associate Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae
Fisher-Bennett Hall 336

Office Hours

Fall, 2016: Director of the King's College Program in London, returning 17 December.

Michael Gamer is author of Romanticism and the Gothic: Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation(Cambridge, 2000) and Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry, which will be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2017. He is currently at work on A History of British Theatre: Staged Conflicts, under contract with Blackwell-Wiley Publishing. He is Associate Editor of the journal EIR: Essays in Romanticism and editor of Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto (Penguin, 2002) and Charlotte Smith's Manon L'Escaut and the Romance of Real Life (Pickering and Chatto, 2005). He works on collaboration and is fond of collaborative work, which has included The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Drama (edited with Jeffrey Cox, 2003) and Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800 (with Dahlia Porter, 2008). Essays on poetic collections, gender and performance, the novel, pornography, print culture, authorship, and dramas of spectacle have appeared in MLQ, PMLA, Novel, ELH, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Studies in Romanticism, and other journals. Written with Terry Robinson, "Mary Robinson and the Dramatic Art of the Comeback"won the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association 2010 prize for best article. He is recipient of the Ira Abrams, Lindback, College of General Studies, David Delaura, and Alan Filreis awards for distinguished teaching.



Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Christine Marie Woody "Romantic Periodicals and the Invention of the Living Author"


Alyssa Connell " Paper Kingdom: Travel Literature, Chorography, and the Writing of Britain, 1660-1770"
Neşe Lisa Devenot "Altered States/Other Worlds: Romanticism, Nitrous Oxide, and the Literary Prehistory of Psychedelia"


Suzanne L. Barnett "Romantic Paganism: Ecstasy and Excess in the Shelley Circle"
Katherine Bennett Gustafson "Coming of Age in the Eighteenth-Century Novel"
Myra Lotto "The Rustic Mode in Britain, 1700-1900"


Daniel DeWispelare "Textual Shibboleths: Anglophony, Authority, and Authenticity, 1753-1832"
Jonathan Scott Enderle "Novel Properties: Communication, Copyright and the British Novel, 1710-1774"


Linda Nurra "Signs Performing: Language and Politics in 1790s Britain"
Jared Richman "Transatlantic Realms: The Idea of America in British Literary Imagination"


Carolyn Anne Jacobson "Contagious Transmissions and Charged Atmospheres: Disease Theories and Narrative in Early Victorian Novels"


Dahlia Porter "'Knowledge Broken': Empiricist Method and the Forms of Romanticism"


Nicole L. Brittingham Furlonge "On the Lower Frequences: Listening and African-American Expressive Culture"