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Tristram Wolff

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Biography

Tristram Wolff (PhD in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley) writes and teaches on 18th-/19th-Century British literature, as well as comparative and transatlantic romanticisms, critical theory, poetry and poetics, and the environmental humanities. His current book project, with the tentative title Giving Language Time: The Uprooted Word in the Romantic Century, outlines a poetics emerging from transatlantic romanticism that transported the speculative origins of language from the depths of the past to an ongoing present, in answer to the ethnocentric primitivism of the Enlightenment. Wolff’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Essays in Romanticism, European Romantic ReviewRepresentations, Literature Compass, New Literary History, ELH, and PMLA. A newer book project in its early stages comprises a series of essays revolving around the Romantic essayist William Hazlitt, and aims to show how Romantic-era writing on the passions has shaped contemporary debates about affect and emotion in our habits of critical reading. He has taught classes on William Blake, transatlantic romanticism, literary “green worlds,” poetry and geology, and representations of oil and water as extractable resources in fiction and film. 


Specializations

18th Century, Poetry & Poetics, Literary Theory, Romantic

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