Eric Eisner

Eric Eisner

Eric Eisner

Associate Professor

18th and 19th century British literature and culture, esp. Romanticism; lyric poetry; history of reading; literary and cultural theory

Eric Eisner's teaching and research interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, especially Romanticism; lyric poetry; and the history of authorship and of reading. His first book, Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity (2009), treats Byron, Keats, P.B. Shelley, L.E.L., and Barrett Browning, among other poets. He edited a volume of essays on Romantic Fandom in the Romantic Circles Praxis series. He is currently working on books on Keats and contemporary poetry and on Romantic-era reading cultures. Forthcoming and recent articles include essays on Keats and recent American poetry and on teaching Jane Austen with the Gothic. His article "Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Energies of Fandom" was recently reprinted in a collection of literary criticism on EBB from Bloom's Literary Criticism. He received his PhD from Harvard in 2003.

Current Research

Professor Eisner’s current projects include books on Keats and contemporary American poetry, and on Romantic-era cultures of reading.

Selected Publications

"A Friendly Return of the Author: John Keats." In Gaston Franssen and Rick Honings, eds. Celebrity Authorship and Afterlives in English and American Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 

"Jane Austen and the Gothic." Teaching Jane Austen. Ed. Devoney Looser and Emily C. Friedman. Romantic Circles. April 2015.

"Disaster Poetics: Keats and Contemporary Poetry." Wordsworth Circle 44:2-3 (2013) 153-58.

Ed. and intro. Romantic Fandom. Romantic Circles Praxis Series (2011).

Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

"Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Energies of Fandom." Victorian Review 33:2 (2007): 85-102. Rpt. in Harold Bloom, ed. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Bloom's Modern Critical Views). New York: Chelsea House, 2015.

"The Cenci's Celebrity." Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism 11 (2003): 7-36.

Courses Taught

ENGL 406: English Romantic Poetry

ENGL 640: British Romanticism

ENGL 360: Special Topics: Jane Austen and the Gothic

ENGL 330: Literary Theory

ENGL 414: Literary Lives and Literary Scandals