Assistant Professor of English
University Hall Room 228
Telephone: (847) 491-5157
Fax: (847) 467-1545
Emily Rohrbach (Ph.D. Boston University) teaches and writes about British Romanticism and aesthetic theory. Her book manuscript, Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation, examines the prevalence of anticipation in Romantic-period writing, focusing primarily on the work of John Keats, Jane Austen, and Lord Byron. She argues that these writers' formally diverse literary works share a distinctive poetics of “future anteriority” that enables them to “think” the present as history in a world whose future promised the unforeseen.
A former Junior Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and current Faculty Fellow at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, she has published articles in European Romantic Review, The Keats-Shelley Journal, Revue d’Etudes Anglophones, SEL: Studies in English Literature, and Studies in Romanticism. She has recently guest-edited a special issue of the journal Studies in Romanticism on the topic “Reading Keats, Thinking Politics,” published in summer 2011.
The Poetry & Poetics Colloquium at Northwestern University