Romance Reconsidered: Roundtable

Jared Hickman

The Johns Hopkins University

Jared Hickman is Associate Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Black Prometheus: Race and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery (Oxford, 2016) and co-editor of Abolitionist Places (Routledge, 2013) and Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon (Oxford, forthcoming). He is currently working on a project on romance and the eschatologies of the Anglo settler revolution and its indigenous resistance.

Emily Ogden

University of Virginia

Emily Ogden is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her book, Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in spring 2018. Her essays have appeared in Critical Inquiry, American Literature, Early American Literature, and J19. Her next project concerns romance and superstition.

Jennifer L. Fleissner

Indiana University

Jennifer L. Fleissner is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Women, Compulsion, Modernity: The Moment of American Naturalism (Chicago, 2004) along with numerous essays published in such journals as ELH, Critical Inquiry, American Literary History, American Literature, NOVEL, J19, differences, and Studies in Romanticism, as well as in such collections as The Cambridge History of the American Novel.  She is presently working on a project titled Maladies of the Will: The American Novel and the Symptomatology of Modernity.    

Colin Jager

Rutgers University

Colin Jager is Professor of English and Interim Chair of the Department of English at RutgersUniversity. He is the author of two monographs: The Book of God: Secularization and Design in the Romantic Era (Penn, 2007) and Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age (Penn, 2015), as well as many articles on secularism,religion, and British romantic literature.  He is currently at work on a book on romantic politics tentatively titled Careless Steps.

Carrie Hyde


Carrie Hyde is Assistant Professor of English at UCLA. She has published articles on U.S. literature, politics, evidence, and historical method in ELH, American Literary History, J19, and American Literature. Her new prehistory of citizenship, Civic Longing: The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship, is forthcoming with Harvard University Press in fall 2017. Civic Longing examines the central role that fiction and other non-legal traditions played in shaping emergent conceptions of “citizenship” in the period before the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment (1868), when the law was not yet the definitive cultural tradition for asking and answering questions about citizenship.


Roundtable: Romance Reconsidered Chair and Moderator: Emily Ogden, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia Presenters: Colin Jager, Professor of English, Rutgers University; Carrie Hyde, Assistant Professor of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jared Hickman (The Johns Hopkins University)
  2. Emily Ogden (University of Virginia)
  3. Jennifer L. Fleissner (Indiana University)
  4. Colin Jager (Rutgers University)
  5. Carrie Hyde (UCLA)

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P01 » Romance Reconsidered: A Roundtable (08:30 - Thursday, 22nd March, Fiesta I-II)

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