Elizabeth Effinger

Associate Professor



Carleton Hall 317


1 506 458 7410

Elizabeth Effinger is interested in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, especially Romantic poetry; the interconnections between literature, philosophy, and science; literary theory and human-animal studies; the Gothic (in all ages); and the Anthropocene.

Her research published or in progress covers a range of issues: the queer bodies of Romanticism, in both material and disciplinary senses; the relation between late eighteenth-century German philosophy – specifically theories of aesthetics, evolution, and human and nonhuman nature – and British Romantic Literature; discourses of improvement and theories of Bildung; and the relation between psychoanalysis and nineteenth-century literature.

She is completing a SSHRC-funded book project that examines how Romantic-period philosophers, artists and writers were critically engaged with various Romantic-period disciplines, those branches of learning that were complexly enmeshed with the nonhuman and put increasing pressure on the concept of “the human.” The book argues that a theoretical thinking about the end of man, of a humanism associated with man and his disciplinary formations, and a reflection on what comes after this end, all have their inception in Romantic thought.

Her new SSHRC-supported book project explores how the emergent sciences and technologies of the long Romantic period contributed to the loss of human exceptionality. She is editing (with Chris Bundock) a volume on William Blake and the Gothic. Some of her articles, published and forthcoming, appear in Queer Blake; European Romantic Review; Blake, Gender and Culture; and Romantic Circles.

She is the Newsletter Editor for the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR).