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Profile: Marjorie Levinson

Title: F.L. Huetwell Professor
Ph.D., Chicago  1978

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Primary Interests

Critical theory (materialist and formalist ideas and methods; cognitive studies); poetry and poetics (British, early nineteenth century through modernist and postmodernist movements).


The Romantic Fragment Poem: Critique of a Form (UNC Press, 1986)
Wordsworth’s Great Period Poems (Cambridge, 1986)
Keats’s Life of Allegory: Origins of a Style (Blackwell.1988)
Rethinking Historicism (editor and contributor, Blackwell, 1989)
”Romantic Poetry: The State of the Art” (MLQ, 1991)
“Pre-and Post-Dialectical Materialism” (Cultural Critique, 1993)
“News From Nowhere; Discontents of Aijaz Ahmad,” Public Culture, 1993
“Revisionist Reading: An Account of the Practice” (Studies in the Literary Imagination, 1997)
“Posthumous Critique” (In Near Ruins, ed. Nicholas Dirks, Minnesota, 1999)
“Picturing Pleasure: Poems of Elizabeth Bishop” in What's Left of Theory, English Institute volume, ed. Judith Butler, John Guillory, Routledge, 2000, pp. 192-23
"Object Loss and Object Bondage: Economies of Representation in Hardy's Poetry," ELH Summer 2006, pp. 549-580;"
“A Motion and a Spirit: Romancing Spinoza,” Studies in Romanticism, vol. 46, no.4 (Winter 2007), pp. 366-408
 "What is New Formalism,” PMLA, vol.122, no. 2 March 2007, pp.557-569; (plus online full version, 45pp)  sitemaker.umich.edu/pmla_article
”Of Being Numerous: Counting and Matching in Wordsworth’s Poetry,” Studies in Romanticism, Winter 2011
 " Reflections on the New Historicism," European Romantic Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, June 2012, 355-62
   "Notes and Queries on Names and Numbers," 2013, Romantic Circles Praxis
  Board Member, School for Criticism and Theory, Cornell University
  Editorial Board, ELH
  Editorial Board, Literature 19 (NIneteenth-Century Online Review)
  Editorial Board, NINES

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