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, aesthetic theory, concepts of time, and transatlantic nineteenth-century literature. Her first book, Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation (Fordham, 2015), examines the prevalence of anticipation in Romantic-period writing, focusing primarily on the work of John Keats, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, William Hazlitt, and Helen Maria Williams. Modernity’s Mist is concerned not with what Romantic writers knew about their historical moment, but with why they felt they could not fully know its historical dimensions, and it describes the poetic strategies they used to convey that sense of mystery. She is now at work on a second book, Foreign Encounters: Comparative Romantic Gothic, which concerns the otherness of literary voice and the temporality of encounters with the “foreign” in transnational Gothic literatures.
A former Junior Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and 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 guest-edited a special issue of the journal Studies in Romanticism on the topic “Reading Keats, Thinking Politics,” published in summer 2011. With Michelle M. Wright (Northwestern, African American Studies), she is collaborating on an interdisciplinary research project on theories of time, which has included a two-day event, “Timing is Everything: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium on Non-Linear Temporalities,” October 24-25, 2014 at Northwestern (see the link below); the project will culminate in an essay collection.