Nersessian, Anahid

Associate Professor

Humanities 242 / E-mail



B.A. Yale University, 2005

Ph.D. English, University of Chicago, 2011



I’m a Romanticist whose writing and teaching also engage 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, takes up 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. 


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

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

The Calamity Form (under contract with U of Chicago P).

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


“What is the New Redistribution?” PMLA (forthcoming)

“Romantic Ecocriticism Lately.” Literature Compass (forthcoming)

Literary Agnotology.” ELH 84.2 (2017): 339-360.

Form and Explanation,” with Jonathan Kramnick. Critical Inquiry 43.3 (2017): 650-69, and “Forms and Explanations: A Response to Our Critics.” Critical Inquiry 44.1 (2017).

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

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

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.