Location: Bowdoin / David Collings


David A. Collings

Professor of English

Contact Information

206 Massachusetts Hall

Spring 2014

  • English Composition (ENGL 1060C)
  • Romantic Sexualities (ENGL 2351)
  • Romantic Sexualities (GLS 2351)
  • Romantic Sexualities (GWS 2234)

David Collings


Ph. D., University of California, Riverside, 1987

Teaching Areas

English romanticism and British literature, 1780-1835; English literature and social power; gay and lesbian studies; disaster; antirealist and/or uncanny literature.

Research Interests

English romanticism; the Gothic; secularization; the cultural consequences of anticipating climate change; queer theory; Lacanian cultural theory; the critique of economics.

Work in Progress

Disastrous Subjectivities: Romanticism, Catastrophe, and the Real.

Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change, forthcoming from Open Humanities Press.

Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c. 1780-1848.  Bucknell University Press, 2009Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c. 1780-1848.  Bucknell University Press, 2009.

Wordsworthian Errancies: The Poetics of Cultural Dismemberment. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

"Emotion Without Content: Primary Affect and Pure Potentiality in Wordsworth," in Romanticism and the Emotions, edited by Richard Sha and Joel Faflak, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Romanticism and Disaster
.  Co-edited with Jacques Khalip.  Special issue of Romantic Circles Praxis, 2012.

After the Covenant: Romanticism, Secularization, and Disastrous TranscendenceEuropean Romantic Review 21 (2010): 345-61.

The Discipline of Death:  Knowledge and Power in An Essay on the Principle of Population.  European Romantic Review 18 (2007): 223-230.

Queer Romanticisms: Past, Present, and Future.  Co-edited with Michael O'Rourke.  Special issue of Romanticism on the Net.  No 36-37, 2004.
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Wordsworthian Errancies: The Poetics of Cultural Dismemberment"The Romance of the Impossible: William Godwin in the Empty Place of Reason".
ELH: English Literary History 70 (2003): 847-874.
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"On the Modest Tone of Recent Work in Romantic Studies." College Literature 28 (2001): 207-214.
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Romantic Wars Cover"Bentham's Auto-Icon: Utilitarianism and the Evisceration of the Common Body."
Prose Studies 23 (2000): 95-127.

"The Harsh Delights of Political Duty: Thelwall, Coleridge, Wordsworth, 1795-1799." Romantic Wars: Studies in Conflict and Culture, 1793-1822. Edited by Philip Shaw. Pages 57-79. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000.

"Coleridge Beginning a Career: Desultory Authorship in 'Religious Musings.'" ELH: English Literary History 58 (1991): 167-193.