Greg Ellermann

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63 High St, New Haven, CT 06520-8302

Ph.D., Rutgers University

My research focuses on romantic poetry and philosophy. My current book project, Romanticism After Nature, attends to romantic forms of thinking about the world without us – about nature apart from its utility for human consciousness. It ranges from the philosophical prose of Kant, Schelling, and Hegel to the locodescriptive and lyric poetry of Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. For these poets especially, the resources of literary language (including description, figuration, and voice) become powerful forms of resistance to the appropriation of nature. Romanticism’s materialist poetics make it possible to imagine a world irreducible to its human uses – whether cognitive, aesthetic, or economic. My book project thus insists on the overlooked yet far-reaching environmental implications of romantic writing about nature. Its intervention is ultimately political. Romanticism positions itself against capitalist instrumental reason, I argue, by its commitment to think poetically about a world that does not belong to us. My other research interests include aesthetics, poetry and poetics, contemporary philosophy, and communist theory.
- “Plasticity, Poetry, and the End of Art: Malabou, Hegel, Keats,” in Romanticism and Speculative Realism. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming. 25 pp.
- “The Epigenesis of the Work,” Syndicate, forum on Audrey Wasser’s The Work of Difference (forthcoming, 2017): 7 pp.
- “Hegel, In and Out of the Woods: Nature, Reflection, Capital,” Essays in Romanticism 23.1 (2016): 1-18.
- “Late Coleridge and the Life of Idealism,” Studies in Romanticism 54 (Spring 2015): 33-55.
- “Speculative Romanticism,” SubStance 44.1 (2015): 154-74.
- “Bounding Lines/Lignes de limitations,” in JJ Levine, Queer Portraits: 2006-2015. Montreal, Quebec: 2015. 84-7.
Writing Seminar: The Politics of Art; Directed Studies: Literature