Location: Bowdoin / David Collings

English

David A. Collings

Professor of English

Contact Information

dcolling@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3737
English

Massachusetts Hall - 206



Teaching this semester

ENGL 2014 / GSWS 2660. Romantic Sexualities

David Collings
Intermediate seminar. Investigates constructions of sexuality in English romantic writing, especially tales of seduction by supernatural or demonic figures; the sexualized world of the Gothic; the Byronic hero; lyrical depictions of incest; the yearning for an eroticized muse or goddess; and same-sex desire in travel writing, diaries, and realist fiction. Discusses the place of such writing in the history of normative and non-normative sexual identities, repression, the unconscious, and the sublime. Authors may include Burke, Lewis, Mary Shelley, Byron, Wollstonecraft, Lister, Austen, Coleridge, and Keats, with further readings in queer theory and the history of sexuality.

ENGL 2841. Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

David Collings
Explores some of the most important and compelling aspects of literary and cultural theory from the past century. Situates critical movements such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, structuralism, deconstruction, queer theory, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and cultural studies in their historical and intellectual context. Includes such authors as Marx, Freud, Benjamin, Barthes, Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Sedgwick, Butler, and Žižek.



David Collings

Education

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

Teaching Areas

English romanticism and British literature, 1780-1835; literary and cultural theory; 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. Open Humanities Press and University of Michigan Library, 2014.Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change. Open Humanities Press and University of Michigan Library, 2014.
  Radio Ecoshock interview by Alex Smith


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.

"The Force of Indirection: 'Tintern Abbey' in the History of Mood." In British Romanticism: Criticism and Debates, edited by Mark Canuel, Routledge, 2015, 409-417

"Emotion Without Content: Primary Affect and Pure Potentiality in Wordsworth," in Romanticism and the Emotions, edited by Joel Faflak and Richard Sha, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 171-191.

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.

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.