Conference Speakers


Göran Blix, Associate Professor of French and Italian at Princeton University, is the author of From Paris to Pompeii: French Romanticism and the Cultural Politics of Archeology (Penn 2008), and several articles on Balzac, Hugo, Michelet, Flaubert, Tocqueville, Zola, and others. His research interests include the relationship between democracy and literature (to appear in a book titled The Heroism of Modern Life), and a current project focuses on modern appropriations of the animal fable.

Andrew Elfenbein, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, is the author of the award-winning Romanticism and the Rise of English (Stanford, 2009), Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role (Columbia, 1999), and Byron and the Victorians (Cambridge, 1995), as well as the editor of the Longman Cultural Editions of Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. A 2013-14 ACLS Fellowship recipient, his current research focuses on the reading strategies and mental processes of nineteenth-century readers.

Theresa M. Kelley, Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Clandestine Marriage: Botany and Romantic Culture (Johns Hopkins, 2012), the award-winning Reinventing Allegory (Cambridge 1997), and Wordsworth’s Revisionary Aesthetics (Cambridge 1988) as well as editor (with Paula Feldman) of Romantic Women Writers: Voices and Countervoices (University Press of New England, 1995). Her present research explores the idea of Romantic futurity in post-Terror narratives and contemporary writing.

Peter Otto, Professor of English & Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, is a renowned Blakean and the author of Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Emergence of Virtual Reality  (Oxford, 2011), Blake's Critique of Transcendence: Love, Jealousy and the Sublime in  The Four Zoas (Oxford, 2000), and Constructive Vision and Visionary Deconstruction: Loss, Eternity and the Productions of Time in the Later Poetry of William Blake (Oxford, 1991). He also co-edited (with Alison Milbank and Marie Mulvey-Roberts) a 338-volume microfilm collection, Gothic Texts (Adam Matthew Publications, 2002-3).  A fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities, his current research project is titled William Blake in the 21st Century: Poetry, Prophecy, the History of Imagination, and the Futures of Romanticism.

Judith Pascoe, M. F. Carpenter Professor of English at the University of Iowa, is the author of the award-winning The Sarah Siddons Audio Files: Romanticism and the Lost Voice (Michigan, 2011), The Hummingbird Cabinet (Cornell, 2006), and Romantic Theatricality (Cornell, 1996), and editor of the Broadview Edition of the Selected Poems of Mary Robinson (2000). A former Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Lecturer in Japan, she is currently writing about Japanese adaptations of Wuthering Heights.