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Joshua Wilner



Division of Humanities and the Arts




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  • Profile

    A specialist in Romanticism and critical theory, Professor Wilner joined the City College Department of English in 1985 and the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2000. A former Chair of the Department and Director of the Program in Comparative Literature, he most recently served the College as Senior Faculty Advisor for Undergraduate Education. He is a former President of the International Conference on Romanticism.

  • Education

    A.B. in French Literature, Cornell University, 1969

    Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1980

  • Courses Taught

    Introduction to Literary Study

    Representative Writers of the Romantic Period

    The Freudian Text

    City Texts

    Problems in Contemporary Theory

    The Industrial Revolution and its Discontents

    Interpretation, Evidence and Authority

    Thinking in Pieces: Pascal, Dickinson, Wittgenstein

    Wordsworth's Prelude: Origins and Afterlife

    Lyric, Prose, Modernity

    Critical Reading and Writing

    Historical Introduction to Literary Theory

    Freshman Composition

    Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar: Literature and Psychoanalysis

  • Research Interests

    Professor Wilner's main areas of interest are Romanticism (especially Romantic poetry and autobiography) and critical theory. Current projects include Wordsworth and Mandelbrot on the Coast of Britain: Romantic Poetics and the Fractal Geometry of Nature and Thinking in Pieces: Pascal, Dickinson, Wittgenstein.

  • Publications

    Feeding on Infinity: Readings in the Romantic Rhetoric of Internalization (recipient of Jean-Pierre Barricelli book award of the American Conference on Romanticism). Hopkins, 2000.

    Selected recent publications:

    Wordworth's Poetry: 1964-2014;commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Geoffrey Hartman's Wordsworth Poetry: 1878-1814. A special issue of, Essays in Romanticism. Ed. Andrzej Warminski and Joshua Wilner. Forthcoming, 2015.

    "Pitching Apocalypse," in Wordworth's Poetry: 1964-2014 (v. supra).

    [On Geoffrey Hartman on Christopher Smart], in About Geoffrey Hartman: Materials for a Study of Influence. A special issue of Philological Quarterly. Ed. Frances Ferguson and Kevis Goodman.Forthcoming, 2015.

    "Autobiography," in William Wordsworth in Context. Ed. Andrew Bennett. Cambridge, 2015.

    "The Mathematization of Nature: Galileo, Husserl, and Mandelbrot," in Protocols for a New Nature. A special issue of The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, ed. Eyal Peretz and Paul North. 2014.

    "Migrations of the Bohemian" in Messianic Thought Outside Theology. Ed. Anna Glazova and Paul North. Fordham, 2014.

    "'Communicating with Objects': Romanticism, Skepticism, and the 'Specter of Animism,' in Cavell and Wordsworth," in Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism. Ed. Richard Eldrige and Bernard Rhie. Continuum, 2011

    "Wordsworth's Cliff-hanger," in Romantic Autobiography in England. Ed. Eugene Stelzig. Ashgate, 2009


    Jacques Derrida. Shibboleth: for Paul Celan, in Word Traces: Readings of Paul Celan. Ed. Aris Fioretos. Hopkins, 1994.

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