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Joshua Wilner
Position: Professor, English and Comparative Literature; City College
Phone: 917 558-1442 (Email preferred)
Room Number: 4403
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Yale University
Research Interests: British and European Romanticism; critical theory; comparative poetry and poetics; autobiography; literature and psychoanalysis; gender studies; literature and philosophy.
Specialization: Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Romantic Literature

Recent Publications:

  • Wordworth’s Poetry: 1964-2014; A special issue of Essays in Romanticism commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Geoffrey Hartman’s Wordsworth Poetry: 1878-1814. Eds. Andrzej Warminski and Joshua Wilner. Forthcoming, October 2015.
  •  “Pitching Apocalypse,” in Wordworth’s Poetry: 1964-2014 (v. supra).
  • [On Geoffrey Hartman on Christopher Smart], in About Geoffrey Hartman: Materials for a Study of Influence. A special issue of Philological Quarterly. Ed. Frances Ferguson and Kevis Goodman.  Summer, 2015.
  • "Autobiography," in William Wordsworth in Context. Ed. Andrew Bennett. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “Afterword,” Romantic Circles Praxis volume on “Stanley Cavell and British Romanticism,” ed. Eric Lindstrom, November 2014
  • "The Mathematization of Nature: Galileo, Husserl, and Mandelbrot," in Protocols for a New Nature. A special issue of The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, ed. Eyal Peretz and Paul North. 2014.
  • “Migrations of the Bohemian,” in Messianic Thought, ed. Paul North and Anna Glazova, Fordham University Press, 2013
  • “From the Grasmere Journal to Tender Buttons: Experimental Prose and the Reconfiguration of Incestuous Bonds,” EOAGH, Issue 7, October, 2012 (EOAGH.COM)
  • “Notes on a Guitar: In the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and his Circle,” in Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley and Frankenstein; Biblion, The Boundless Library, 2nd Edition, New York Public Library,, 2012

Selected Publications:

  • “'Communicating with Objects’: Romanticism, Skepticism, and ‘The Specter of Animism’ in Cavell and Wordsworth,” in Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism, ed. Richard Eldridge and Bernie Rhie. Continuum, 2011.
  • “Wordsworth’s Cliff-Hanger,” in Romantic Autobiography in England, ed. Eugene Stelzig (Ashgate, 2009).
  • “Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire,” Romantic Circles Praxis, January 2007.
  • “’Self-Displacing Vision’: Snowdon and the Dialectic of the Senses,” The Wordsworth Circle. (Winter, 2006, vol. 37, no. 1).
  • "'Wittgenstein and Pain': two clarifications," Genre, XXXVI, Fall-Winter, 2004.
  • "'I speak of one from many singled out'": Individuation, Singularity, and Agrammaticality in Wordsworth," in Romanticism and the Invention of the Individual, ed. Larry Peer (Brigham Young University Press, 2003).
  • Feeding on Infinity: Readings in the Romantic Rhetoric of Internalization (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2000).