Orrin Wang

Professor

Director, Center for Literary and Comparative Studies

Contact:
2120A Tawes Hall
301-405-3801
owang@umd.edu

Office Hours:
Fall 2013:
By appointment

Biography

The Director of the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, Orrin Wang specializes in the study of both Romanticism and theory and is especially interested in how the two discourses converge. How that convergence speaks to the question of modernity is the focus of his first book, Fantastic Modernity: Dialectical Readings in Romanticism and Theory (Johns Hopkins UP, 1996). How that convergence is further expressed in Romantic and post-Romantic narratives of sensation and sobriety is the subject of his Romantic Sobriety: Sensation, Revolution, Commodification, History(Johns Hopkins UP, 2011), the winner of the 2011 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for the year's best book in Romanticism studies. Wang has written on such figures as P.B. Shelley, Wordsworth, Keats, Wollstonecraft, Dacre, Kant, Derrida, and Zizek and also teaches and studies the gothic. His new project involves the possibility of non-dialectial forms of media in Romantic and post-Romantic writing--of the concept of media without the idea of mediation. Recent work that speaks to this project includes an application and critique of Ranciere's idea of the sentence image to the montage form of Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner and a meditation on the Romantic cliche in Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn."

Wang is also the Series Editor of the award winning Romantic Circles Praxis Series and the Director of the College of Arts and Humanities Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory Program. For a transcript of the words he spoke at Marshall Grossman's memorial, click here.

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1989

B. A., Reed College, 1979

Area Groups

Comparative Literature; Film Studies and Cultural Studies; Literary Theory; Romantic

Recent Publications

Romantic Sobriety: Sensation, Revolution, Commodification, History (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011)

Ghost Theory,” Special Issue: Romanticism and the Legacies of Jacques Derrida, Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 46, No.3 (Summer/Fall 2007) Part 1 of 2, 203-225.

“Against Theory Beside Romanticism: The Sensation of the Signifier,” diacritics, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Summer 2005), 3-29.

“Geoffrey Hartman and Harold Bloom: Two Interviews,” Volume Co-Editor, Romantic Circles Praxis Series (July, 2006).

“Romanticism and Patriotism,” Volume Editor, Romantic Circles Praxis Series (May 2006).

“Coming Attractions: Lamia and Cinematic Sensation,” Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter 2003), 461-500.

“Kant’s Strange Light: Romanticism, Periodicity, and the Catachresis of Genius,” diacritics, Vol. 30, No. 4 (Winter 2000), 15-37.

Books

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Honors and Awards

International Conference on Romanticism Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for Best Book in Romantic Studies, for Romantic Sobriety: Sensation, Revolution, Commodification, History (2011)

Graduate Research Board Semester Award, University of Maryland (2007)

Keats Shelley Association of America Essay of the Year Award, for “Coming Attractions: Lamia and Cinematic Sensation” (2004)

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1993-94)

Graduate Research Board Summer Research Award, University of Maryland (1990)

Service

Director, College of Arts and Humanities Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory Program

Director, Comparative Literature Program (2004-2008)

Acting Director, Comparative Literature Program (1999-2000)

Spring 2014

ENGL479T Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800: English Romantic Writers of the Second Generation

Fall 2013

ENGL420 English Romantic Literature
ENGL624 Readings in English Romantic Literature: The Sublime
ENGL798B Critical Theory Colloquium

Spring 2013

ENGL312 Romantic to Modern British Literature
ENGL479G Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800: Gothic Spaces: Romanticism and the Gothic
ENGL798B Critical Theory Colloquium

Fall 2012

ENGL379P Special Topics in Literature: Romantic Selfhood
ENGL420 English Romantic Literature

Spring 2012

ENGL420 English Romantic Literature
ENGL453 Literary Theory
ENGL602 Critical Theory And Literary Criticism

Fall 2011

ENGL428Y Culture Ideology in Austen and Byron
ENGL602 Critical Theory And Literary Criticism
ENGL624 Readings in English Romantic Literature: Culture and Ideology in Austen and Byron

Spring 2011

ENGL453 Literary Theory
ENGL479P Romanticism and Gothic Literature
ENGL602 Critical Theory and Literary Criticism

Fall 2010

ENGL420 English Romantic Literature
ENGL738L Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Sensation and the Literary