Susan Wolfson

Professor of English, Princeton University

Susan Wolfson has taught at UC Berkeley, Rutgers University, and is now Professor of English at Princeton University. She’s a specialist in the literature of British Romanticism, the era of “enlightenment” quests for knowledge and new philosophies of social freedom and social responsibility. She teaches regularly in this field, and when possible, Shakespeare, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, along with in nineteenth-century literature and Modernism. Issues of enlightenment knowledge and social responsibility stir at the heart of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the focus of commentary in the Harvard Annotated Edition (2012) she developed with coeditor Ronald Levao. A related essay, “Frankenstein: Other and Monster,” will appear in the exhibition catalogue for Frankenstein créé des ténèbres (Frankenstein: Creation of Darkness), sponsored by the Bodmer Foundation, Cologny, Switzerland, 2016. Widely published in the field of Romanticism, her recent books include Reading John Keats (Cambridge UP 2015), Romantic Interactions: Social Being and the Turns of Literary Form (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010). Also for Harvard, she is the editor of Northanger Abbey, an Annotated Edition, honored by Austenprose as the #1 Austen-inspired Scholarly Book of 2014. She continues as coeditor, with Peter Manning of The Romantics and Their Contemporaries, an anthology of the period’s literature in the excitement of social, aesthetic, cultural and political contexts (Pearson/Longman; 5th edition 2012). A new article in Studies in English Literature (fall 2015) explores the aesthetic, scientific, and political charges of “lightning” in Enlightenment and Romantic culture: “This is my Lightning” or; Sparks in the Air.”

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The Realm of Mystery

Saturday, October 24, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Donald Rumsfeld famously said, “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the  ones we don’t know we don’t know.” From a philosophical perspective, how do… read more »

The Helix Center is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation in support of a series of fourteen roundtables addressing big questions in the physical, natural, and biological sciences and the humanities. The topics are: Knowledge and Limitations; The Span of Infinity; Complexity and Emergence; The Search for Immortality;  The Sublime Experience; The Meditative State; The… read more »