Celeste Langan

Associate Professor

Celeste Langan, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of English, is the author of Romantic Vagrancy:  Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom; another essay, “Mobility Disability,” considers more contemporary issues related to freedom of movement.  She’s written several essays on Romantic “Media Studies,” including “Understanding Media in 1805: Audiovisual Hallucination in The Lay of the Last Minstrel,” "Pathologies of Communication from Coleridge to Schreber," and “The Medium of Romantic Poetry” (co-authored with Maureen McLane). More recently, she’s published an essay on Scott’s Life of Napoleon and one on the poetic refrains of Peterloo and Occupy. Intermittently, she works on a book project titled Post-Napoleonism, the subtitle of which keeps changing. 

Current Research: 

"Post-Napoleonism: Imagining Sovereignty After 1799"

Selected Publications


"Repetition Run Riot: Refrains, Slogans, and Graffiti."  In "Lyric Elements," special issue of The Wordsworth Circle 52:2 (Spring 2021), p. 287-307.

"The General Undertaker: Scott's Life of Napoleon Buonaparte and the Prehistory of Neoliberalism."  In Walter Scott at 250: Looking Forward. ed. Caroline Mc-Cracken-Flesher and Matthew Wickman. Edinburgh University Press, 2021.

"Introduction: Romanticism and its Discontents" (with Anne-Lise-François and Alex Walton). European Romantic Review 28:3 (2017), p. 259-65.

"Education is Our Occupation."  PMLA October 2011.

“The Medium of Romantic Poetry.”  Co-authored with Maureen N. McLane.  Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry.  NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“Venice.” In Romantic Metropolis:  The Urban Scene of British Culture 1780-1840.  NY: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

“Scotch Drink and Irish Harps:  Mediations of the National Air.”  In The Figure of Music in Nineteenth=Century British Poetry.  Ashgate, 2005.

"Pathologies of Communication from Coleridge to Schreber." South Atlantic Quarterly 102:1 (Winter 2003), p. 117-152.

"Mobility Disability." Public Culture 13:3 (Autumn 2001), p. 459-84.

"Understanding Media in 1805: Audiovisual Hallucination in The Lay of the Last Minstrel. Studies in Romanticism 40:1 (Spring 2001), p. 49-70.

Romantic Vagrancy: Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom. Cambridge University Press, 1995.


"Byron and Black Cantology." MLA, January 2022.

"Riotous Writing:  Graffiti, Slogans, and the Romantic Refrain."  "Romanticism Now & Then," ICR, Manchester, GB, July-Aug. 2019.

"Under Arrest:  Transport and Security (Excitation and Citation)." Plenary lecture, "Transporting Romanticism" Conference, Wellington, NZ, February 2017

"Mimesis, Diplomacy, Subversion:  Taking Dictation in The Red and the Black."  Vancouver, CA, January 2015.

Austerlitz and the Future of Propaganda.”   Neuchatel, Switzerland, August 2012.

“The Ambiguity and/of Neutrality:  Poetry and Free Speech circa 1800. ” UC Davis English Department, April 2012.

"Romantic Neutrality:  Bullets, Bulletins, and Don Juan."  Vancouver, CA, August 2010.

“Afterlives of Napoleon.”  July 2011, Laramie, WY.


Wheeler Hall, room 430

Office Hours

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