Anahid Nersessian
Assistant Professor
Humanities 242
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B.A. Yale University, 2005
Ph.D. English, University of Chicago, 2011


I'm a Romanticist whose writing and teaching also cover seventeenth- and eighteenth-century poetry, contemporary art, and the history of literary criticism. My first book, Utopia, Limited: Romanticism and Adjustment (Harvard, 2015) is about formal and political practices of renunciation and self-containment, while my current monograph, The Calamity Form, is about figurative perspectives on ecological crisis. I am the editor of the Broadview Press edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley's long poem, Laon and Cythna; or, The Revolution of the Golden City and managing editor of the open-access journal Environmental Humanities

For the Rereadings series at Columbia University Press, I am producing a book on Chris Kraus's I Love Dick comprising short essays on Marxism, feminism, and Kate Bush.


Utopia, Limited: Romanticism and Adjustment (Harvard UP, 2015).

Ed., Laon and Cythna; or, The Revolution of the Golden City (Broadview, 2016).

Chris Kraus's I Love Dick (under contract with Columbia UP).


"Literary Agnotology." ELH 84.2 (forthcoming)

"Romanticism as Method." Romantic Circles Praxis (December 2016).

"Form and Explanation," with Jonathan Kramnick. Critical Inquiry 43.3 (2017): 650-69.

"Utopia's Afterlife in the Anthropocene." The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, ed. Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann (Routledge, 2017)

"Two Gardens: An Experiment in Calamity Form." MLQ 74.3 (2013): 307-329.

"Romantic Liberalism and the Juridical Comedy." Studies in Romanticism 50.4 (2012): 639-659.

"Radical Love: Shelley after the Jacobin Novel." ELH 79.1 (2012): 111-134.

"Empire and Attachment: A Transnational Tale." European Romantic Review 22.3 (2011): 339-346.

Reviews and Other Writing

"Traveling Light: Farewell to Leonard Cohen." Los Angeles Review of Books. November 15, 2016.

"Form Fatigue." Open Set: Art, Humanities, Culture. September 30, 2015.

"Who Cares?We, Reading, Now digital colloquy at Arcade: Literature, Humanities, and the World, Stanford University. July 10, 2015.

"A Conversation Between Friends." Interview with Michael Robbins, Los Angeles Review of Books. January 27, 2015.

"Short Cuts." Public Books. January 15, 2015

Review of Forest Pyle, Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism (Fordham UP, 2013). The Wordsworth Circle 45.4 (2014): 313-314.

"Animal Studies." Public Books. April 8, 2013.

Review of Orrin Wang, Romantic Sobriety (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011). Modern Philology 111.2 (2013): 229-231.

"Poetry at the Tipping Point." Review of Michael Robbins, Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012). Contemporary Literature 53.3 (2012): 599-605.