Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

John L. Savarese

John L. Savarese

ACLS New Faculty Fellow

475 Wheeler
T/Th 11-12

Professional Statement

John Savarese works on 18th- and 19th-century literature, with particular interests in Romanticism, poetry and poetics, and the history of science and technology. His current book project, Romanticism’s Other Minds: The Science of Poetry from Hume to Mill, examines how poetic theorists engaged the science of the embodied mind. It argues that, for writers as different as James Macpherson, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Walter Scott, poetics became an opportunity for debate between diverse, competing models of mindedness, including those that saw the mind as entangled with the body, extending out into social environments, and constituted through its material technologies. Before coming to Berkeley, he taught at Rutgers University (where he received a Ph.D. in 2012) and at the University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"Ossian's Folk Psychology," forthcoming in ELH (Fall 2013)

"Reading One's Own Mind: Hazlitt, Cognition, Fiction," European Romantic Review 24.4 (2013)

"Lyric Mindedness and the 'Automaton Poet,'" Romantic Circles Praxis Series (April 2013)

"Cognition, Culture, Romanticism: A Review Essay," co-written with Colin Jager. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 57-58 (Feb-May 2010)

"Psyche's Whisp'ring Fan' and Keats's Genealogy of the Secular," Studies in Romanticism 50.3 (Fall 2011)


English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.