My research and teaching interests include the Romantic movement; the study of lyric poetry; the history of the novel; relations between politics and literature, history and criticism; the Scottish Enlightenment; modern Irish literature and culture; the sentimental mode; cinema studies; and the history of humanities disciplines.
- An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
- The New Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
- The Cambridge Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. with Maureen McLane (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
- Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene in British Romanticism, 1780-1840, ed. with Kevin Gilmartin (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
- England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (University of Chicago Press, 1998).
- Questions of Evidence: Proof, Practice, and Persuasion Across the Disciplines, ed. with Arnold Davidson and H. N. Harootunian (University of Chicago Press, 1994).
- Wordsworth's Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1984).
- Special issue of Critical Inquiry, “The Fate of Disciplines,” ed. with Arnold Davidson (Summer 2009)
- Special Issue of Critical Inquiry, “Arts of Transmission,” ed. with Arnold Davidson and Adrian Johns (Autumn 2004)
- General Editor, with Marilyn Butler, Cambridge Studies in Romanticism, book series for Cambridge University Press, begun in 1990 (85 monograph volumes published through 2010).
- General Editor, with David Bromwich and Lionel Gossman, Literature in History, book series for Princeton University Press, begun in 1991 (11 volumes published through 2009).
Sample of Courses Taught
Graduate: Transformations of Style, Genre, Institution: 1750-1850; Rules of Satire; Irish Modernity; The Sentimental; British Literary Culture, 1750-1850; Composing Humans, 1760-1840 (co-taught with Martha Feldman); Enlightened Typologies; Literature, History, and Science: 1750-1900 (co-taught with Alison Winter); Transformations of Style: Genre, Institution: 1740-1840; The Literature of Empire, 1750-1900 (co-taught with Jennifer Pitts)
Undergraduate: From Sensibility To Romanticism; Anglo-Irish Literature; London: Urban Romanticism