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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 24, 2016
Canadian Excellence
"Visionary Dreariness": Readings in Romanticism's Quotidian Sublime

Dr. Markus Poetzsch

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2363

Office Location: 3-132 Woods Bldg.
Office Hours: Wed. 11:00-12:00

BA Psychology (University of Alberta)

BA Honors English (University of Alberta)

MA English (University of Alberta)

PhD English (Dalhousie)

Research Interests: British Romantic Literature; Ecocriticism; Pedestrianism; Aesthetics; Theorizations of the Everyday; Holocaust Literature and Theory

Books: "Visionary Dreariness": Readings in Romanticism's Quotidian Sublime (Routledge, 2006; reprint 2014)

Articles & Book Chapters:

  • “Browsing the Past: Leigh Hunt and the Memorial Function of Shopping.” History of Retailing and Consumption 1.3 (2015): 165-171
  • “Fearful Spaces: Thomas De Quincey’s Sino-Anginophobia.” English Studies in Canada 41.2-3 (2015): 27-41
  • “‘Orchestral Parts’ in a Symphony of Motion: The Aesthetics of Coaching in the Golden Age of Horse and Carriage.” Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 16.2 (Summer 2015): 20-37
  • "The Brighter Side of 'Dark Ecology': John Clare and Henry David Thoreau." John Clare Society Journal 34 (2015): 63-73
  • "Between the 'Abyss of Idealism' and the Hard Wall of Reality: Lessons of the Wordsworthian Child." New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship 20.1 (2014): 15-25
  • "Leigh Hunt's Pedestrian 'Townosophy': Reading London on Two Feet." Romantic Cityscapes. Eds. Jens Martin Gurr and Berit Michel. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013. 139-146
  • "Towards an Ethical Criticism: The Lessons of Levinas." The Antigonish Review 158 (Summer 2009): 127-134
  • "From Eco-Politics to Apocalypse: The Contentious Rhetoric of Eighteenth-Century Landscape Gardening." Romantic Textualities 19 (Summer 2009)
  • "Vying for 'Brilliant Landscapes': Claude Mirrors, Wordsworth, and Poetic Vision." The Wordsworth Circle 39.3 (Summer 2008): 114-120
  • "Sounding Walden Pond: The Depths and 'Double Shadows' of Thoreau's Autobiographical Symbol." American Transcendental Quarterly 22.2 (June 2008): 387-401
  • "Presence, Deixis and the Making of Meaning in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons." University of Toronto Quarterly 75.4 (Fall, 2006): 946-956
  • "Drawing the Open Wound: The Signifying Silences of Elie Wiesel." IDEA: A Journal of Social Issues 10.1 November 19, 2005
  • "The Miracle of Waiting: Weil, Wiesel and Lazarus."  Consensus: Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology 29.1 (Spring, 2003): 127-133