Christopher Rovee

Christopher  Rovee 

Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): University of California at Berkeley, 1991
Master's Degree: M. Phil, Oxford University, 1994
PhD: Princeton University, 2002


Office: 212-R Allen Hall







My scholarly work centers on 19th-century British literature and culture, with special emphasis on visual and material cultures and institutional and intellectual practices of this period. I teach a range of classes on literature and culture from 1750 to the present—from period-specific courses on Romantic Poetry and on Jane Austen, to transhistorical courses on Elegy, on the Lyric, and on Literary Theory. I am currently completing a book on the professionalization of close reading around WWII (‘Romanticism and the New Critics: Professing the Lyric, 1930-1960’).

Selected Publications

“Not Donne, but Byron: American Criticism and the Mid-Century Classroom (Byron Journal, 2017)

“Counting Wordsworth by the Bay: The Distance of Josephine Miles” (European Romantic Review, 2017)

“Sociability among the Ruins: The Moonlight Tour of the Colosseum, circa 1820” (Romantic Sociability [ed. K. Gilmartin, Cambridge UP], 2017)

“On The New Game of Human Life, 1790” (BRANCH, 2015)

“Secrets of Paper,” Word & Image  (Word & Image, 2014).

“Rome Daguerreotyped: Romantic Travel in Early Photographs” (Essays in Romanticism, 2013)

“Trashing Keats” (ELH, 2008)

Imagining the Gallery: The Social Body of British Romanticism (Stanford University Press, 2006)

“Monsters, Marbles, and Miniatures: Mary Shelley’s Reform Aesthetic” (Studies in the Novel, 2004)

“‘Everybody’s Shakespeare’: Representative Genres and John Boydell’s Winter’s Tale” (Studies in Romanticism, 2002)

Recent Courses


Modern Criticism

Romantic Shakespeare

Jane Austen

Romanticism and Revolution

Wordsworth and Keats

Digital Romanticism