Michael Hansen



Research Interests: 

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century British literature (especially poetry); critical theory; philosophy and literature; contemporary Anglophone poetry

Graduation Year: 


Dissertation Title: 

"Sensation Poetry and Social Imagination"


“Arthur Hallam, Moral Philosophy, and the Poetry of Pleasure,” 18th / 19th Century Cultures and Poetics Workshops, University of Chicago, February 2014; “Keats’s Hazlitt, Endymion’s Disinterested Dreamers,” 18th / 19th Century Cultures and Poetics Workshops, University of Chicago, January 2012; “Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138,” Philosophy and Literature Workshop and Poetics Workshop, University of Chicago, October 2011; “The Eighteenth-Century Ode, Elegy, and Sonnet,” Poetics Workshop, University of Chicago, October 2009


Scholarly Publications
  • "Arthur Hallam's 'Characteristics' and Pleasure's Moral Sense," Modern Philology, forthcoming
  • “Irish Melodies of Anacreontic Balladry,” Victorian Poetry, forthcoming
  • “Reading Historical Poetics” (with Joshua Adams and Joel Calahan), Modern Language Quarterly, forthcoming March 2016
  • “Elegy, Ode, and the Eighteenth-Century Sonnet Revival: The Case of Charles Emily,” Literary Imagination 12.3 (November 2010): 307–18

  • "A.R. Ammons: An Introduction" (Chicago Review, Autumn 2012)
  • “Veronica Forrest-Thomson: An Introduction” (Chicago Review, Autumn 2011)
  • Nomina by Karen Volkman (review, Chicago Review, Spring 2010)
  • Poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Volt, Verse, Denver Quarterly, Chelsea, and elsewhere.  


Michael Hansen's scholarship focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, especially poetry. Secondary specializations include critical theory; philosophy and literature; and contemporary Anglophone poetry. He was editor of Chicago Review from 2010-2013. With Josh Adams and Joel Calahan, he is currently editing a special issue of Modern Language Quarterly on historical poetics (forthcoming March 2016). This issue stems from a two-day international conference he co-organized at Chicago last May, “Poetic Genre and Social Imagination: Pope to Swinburne.”

Teaching Experience: 

Self-Designed, freestanding courses: 
  • William Blake and the Pre-Raphaelites (Spring 2012)
  • Victorian Poetic Movements and Coteries (Winter 2014)
  • Intro to Eighteenth-Century Poetry: Forms and Genres (Winter 2015)
  • Intro to British Romanticism (scheduled, Spring 2016)
Course assistant:
  • Introduction to Poetry (Spring 2014)
  • Shakespeare 1: Histories and Comedies (Winter 2011)
  • Introduction to Poetry (Winter 2010)
  • Introduction to the Victorian Novel (Fall 2009)
BA Honors Preceptor, 2013-14 and 2014-15