Christopher Rovee: “The New Critical Nostalgia”

Christopher Rovee (LSU)

“The New Critical Nostalgia: Reading, Romanticism, and Disciplinary Crisis” 

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4 p.m. Austin 217 (Stern)


This talk will be from Christopher Rovee’s current book project on the professionalization of close reading around World War II, the New Criticism’s engagement of Romantic poetry, and current debates in literary study about reading (distant, surface, etc.). This talk will look closely at the works of John Crowe Ransom and Josephine Miles.


Christopher Rovee is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University, and currently a fellow at the University of Rochester Humanities Center. His work centers on 19th-century British literature and culture, with special emphasis on visual and material cultures and institutional and intellectual practices of this period. He is the author of Imagining the Gallery: The Social Body of British Romanticism (Stanford University Press, 2006) and recent articles on mid-century criticism: “Not Donne, but Byron: American Criticism and the Mid-Century Classroom” and “Counting Wordsworth by the Bay: The Distance of Josephine Miles.”


Sponsored by the the Department of English and the Humanities Institute.