18th- & 19th-century German literature

Christopher Donaldson

portrait: Christopher Donaldson
Contact: 

c.donaldson@lancaster.ac.uk

Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

Now Literary Research Associate, Spatial Humanities Project, Lancaster University.

 

RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS

Eighteenth- & Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture, esp. Romantic Poetry, Fiction, and Drama; History of the Book, esp. 1700-1900; Literature and Place; Literary History & Philology; Classical Literature, esp. Greek Tragedy



DISSERTATION

The Local Poet in the Romantic Tradition (Completed, Aug. 2012)

Many poems evoke a sense of place; few poems, however, forge a lasting connection between a poet and a particular locale. In The Local Poet in the Romantic Tradition, I chart the evolution of this latter type of poetry and document its influence on readerly tastes in Britain over the last two hundred and fifty years. Parting ways with previous studies, I take the view that local poetry is defined less by its invocation of specifically named locations, or even by a proclivity for amassing topographical detail, than by the cultivation of a special kind of poetic ethos. Drawing on the works of William Wordsworth as well as a range of pre- and post-Romantic poets, I examine different instantiations of this ethos and outline the contours of the tradition of local poetry in Britain from its origins in the eighteenth century to its rise to prominence in the Victorian era. 

Committee: Roland Greene (advisor), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Blakey Vermeule 



PUBLICATIONS

Articles

“Evoking the Local: Wordsworth, Martineau, and Early Victorian Fiction," Review of English Studies (forthcoming 2013).

"Another Smart Letter," Notes and Queries, lix (2012)
, 338-40.

“A Missing Smart Letter Located,” Notes and Queries, lviii (2011), 504-5

“Wordsworth’s ‘To the Rev. Dr. W__.’,” Notes and Queries, lviii (2011), 542-6.




Encyclopedia Entries

“Discordia Concors,” “Expression,” and “Spontaneity,” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

4th edition, eds. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012)

“The Sonnet” and “Thomas Warton,” The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of British Literature, 1660-1789,
eds. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming June 2013).
 

Reviews

"Idleness, Contemplation and the Aesthetic, 1750-1830, by Richard Adelman," Notes and Queries, 60 (2013) doi: 10.1093/notesj/gjs212.

"Literature 1780-1830: Romantic Poetry," The Year’s Work in English Studies 92 (forthcoming 2013).



TEACHING EXPERIENCE

INSTRUCTOR

DEPT OF COMP LIT, STANFORD UNIV, WINTER, 2011 
COURSE TITLE: On the Road: 20th-Century Travel Literature (COMPLIT 139)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR GIFTED YOUTH (EPGY), S & S INSTITUTE, KR, SUMMER, 2010 
COURSE TITLE: Elements of Analysis, Elements of Style (STANFORD, EPGY)

PROGRAM IN WRITING & RHETORIC (PWR), STANFORD UNIV, WINTER & SPRING, 2008
COURSE TITLE: Rhetorical Conversations in Poetry & the Visual Arts (PWR 1-31/37)

TEACHING ASSITANT

DEPTS OF COMP LIT AND FRENCH & ITALIAN, STANFORD UNIV, WINTER, 2009
COURSE TITLE: Literature as Performance (COMPLIT 122 & FRENGEN 122)
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

TEACHING ASSITANT, DEPTS OF COMP LIT AND ENGLISH, STANFORD UNIV,  AUTUMN, 2008
COURSE TITLE: Poetry, Poems, Worlds (COMPLIT 121 & ENGLISH 110/010)
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Roland Greene

TEACHING ASSITANT, DEPT OF ENGLISH, STANFORD UNIV, SPRING, 2007 
COURSE TITLE: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, and their Contemporaries (ENGLISH 109 & 09)
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Martin Evans

TEACHING ASSITANT, DEPARTMENT OF COMP LIT, PENN STATE UNIV, SPRING, 2001
COURSE TITLE: Arthurian Legends (COMPLIT 107)
INSTRUCTOR: Adam Miyashiro

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