Sam Rowe


Research Interests: 

18th-century and Romantic British Literature; the history of the novel; poetry and poetics; psychoanalysis; Marxism

Graduation Year: 


Dissertation Title: 

"Imaginary Wants: Desire, Villainy, and Capital in Eighteenth-century Fiction"


18th- and 19th-century Atlantic Cultures workshop and Poetry and Poetics workshop.


  • "The Negative Turn: Smith's Elegiac Sonnets and the Right not to Communicate," forthcoming in Romantic Circles Praxis
  • "Coleridgean Kink: Christabel, Metrical Masochism, and Poetic Dissonance," ELH 83.2 (Summer 2016)


I study the relationship between narrative form and social and economic history during the long eighteenth century.  My dissertation treats villain characters in eighteenth-century British fiction, arguing for their distinctive narratological function, and situating them against the historical background of shifting conceptions of economic subjectivity.  I also maintain an interest in poetry, new and old, and have published on Romantic poetry as well as essays and reviews on recent poetry.  I graduated from Oberlin College in 2011 with a BA in English and a BMus in guitar performance.

Teaching Experience: 

Fall, 2015: Instructor, Interpreting London
Winter, 2015: CA, Shakespeare I: Histories and Comedies
Fall, 2014: CA, Introduction to Poetry
Winter, 2014: CA, Introduction to Literary Theory