Joel Childers is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. His scholarship and teaching focuses on eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century comparative culture, with an emphasis on “literary history” as a meaningful idea. His dissertation, Feeling History: Poetry and the Rise of the Human Sciences, investigates how poetry is made to anchor a range of emergent social sciences, from anthropology to sociology. It argues that Romantic-era critics decisively shape the interpretive methods we employ in the literary humanities today.
“The Romance of Criticism,” New Literary History (Spring 2021, forthcoming)