2nd printing, 2011; also available on Kindle and in Oxford Scholarship Online [corrigenda downloadable here]
“a stylish, superbly erudite account of this subject” (Terry Eagleton, Culture and the Death of God)
“This book offers one of the most profound reflections on symbol since Paul de Man: subtle, original and provocative. It is a brief book, but extremely rich, and often brilliant” (Michael John Kooy, Times Higher Education Supplement; read the complete review here)
“remarkably successful . . . in broadening the historical and disciplinary parameters of its primary subject . . . particularly innovative in paralleling the natural sciences with the humanities. . . . Despite the complexity of its topic, the book is never obscure in its approach, critiquing the most intricate topics with precision and clarity” (Jeffrey Einboden, Coleridge Bulletin)
“will take its place before long among the indispensable contributions to Romantic studies, and to the still pressing debates about the status and worth of the Romantic endeavour” (Uttara Natarajan, Notes & Queries)
“There is a great deal more to this study than the title might suggest. . . . The scope of the volume is in fact thoroughly European, as is befitting any discussion of the emergence of Romantic thought, and diachronically rich with excurses into classical thought as well as the work of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century philosophers and theologians” (Carol Tully, Modern Language Review)
“anyone interested in the history of the Romantic symbol, and the bearing of that history on the concept itself, will find a great deal of compelling and challenging material between the covers of this surprisingly slim volume . . . much more bang for the buck on that subject than anyone else, to my knowledge, for the last half century or so” (Charles Rzepka, Modern Language Quarterly)
A generous selection (790 pp.) of Wordsworth’s poetry and critical prose arranged under the headings and in the texts of their earliest published volumes, allowing readers to trace the development of the poet’s canon as it appeared to his contemporaries, together with a newly edited and annotated text of the thirteen-book Prelude (1805), facing-page texts (for the first time in any edition) of The Ruined Cottage (1799) and book 1 of The Excursion (1814), explanatory headnotes and annotations, a biographical and topographical glossary, maps, and 28 critical responses to Wordsworth by British and American authors from the 19th to 21st centuries.
Corrected 2nd printing, 2017; third printing, July 2021
“It is likely to set the agenda for classroom study of Wordsworth for years to come, and is an essential text for scholars” (Pamela Clemit, TLS)
“The dialectic between reason and imagination forms a key element in Romantic and post-romantic philosophy, science, literature, and art. [This volume] explores the diverse theories and assessments of this dialectic in a collection of essays by philosophers and literary and cultural critics [including Wolfgang Welsch, Michael Forster, Robert Pippin, Tilottama Rajan, and Christoph Bode]” (from the cover description).
“makes an important contribution not only to the history of philosophy and the study of romanticism, but also to contemporary questions in hermeneutics, theories of knowledge and aesthetics”‘ (Dalia Nassar, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)
The most fully annotated single-volume edition of Coleridge’s writings available (828 pp.), with a large selection of the poetry and a generous selection of the prose, including, literary lectures, philosophical writings, and much of the Biographia Literaria, together with explanatory headnotes, a glossary and biographical register, and a selection of 19th- and 20th-century critical responses to Coleridge
6th printing, 2017
“The long-awaited Norton Critical Edition of Coleridge’s Poetry and Prose . . . should now become the standard edition by which all undergraduates approach the study of Coleridge” (Matthew Scott, Year’s Work in English Studies)
“[The editors], all eminent Coleridge scholars, have peformed a particularly impressive feat. Within the confines of a relatively compact volume, they have helped us, to quote a key letter included in the edition, to become ‘habituated to the Vast'” (Teddi Chichester Bonca, Modern Language Studies)
Editor, Fearful Symmetry, vol. 14 of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye (University of Toronto Press, 2004)
Textual editor, Opus Maximum, vol. 15 of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Princeton University Press, 2002)
The final volume of The Collected Works to be published, Opus Maximum gathered the last major body of Coleridge’s unpublished prose writings. Consisting primarily of fragments dictated probably between 1819 and 1823, these writings represent all that survives of what Coleridge considered to be ‘the principal Labour’ and ‘the great Object’ of his life, which he called variously the Logosophia and Magnum Opus.
I was responsible for editing and dating the texts from the manuscripts, writing the statement of editorial principles and editorial headnotes to each fragment, selecting the illustrations, and indexing the volume
Corrigenda: p. xvii, l. 14: for as compromise read as a compromise; p. xxvii under L&L: for Frags 1–3 read Frags 1–4; p. 10, ll. 11–12: for holds and gives read hold and give (i.e., ignore the emendations); p. 60, l. 9: for anchor read sanction; p. 66, ll. 12–13: for fundamental read prudential; p. 66, l. 17: for practicality read practicability; p. 72, l. 6: for and a read and not a; p. 75, l. 7: for substraction read substratum; p. 80, l. 9 of text (not headnote): for factors read facts; p. 84, l. 5 of C’s note: for dependency read dependancy; p. 96, l. 9: for no satisfactory read receive no satisfactory; p. 131, l. 27: for than A B read that A B; p. 207, l. 5: for terms read term; p. 207, l. 14: for contain it read or contain it; p. 352, l. 14: for λογσμων read λογισμων; p. 355, l. 26: for θαυμζειν read θαυμαζειν; p. 362, textual notes e-f and g-h should begin: ms: . . .
Some reflections on the editing of the Opus Maximum appear in my review of the volume Coleridge’s Assertion of Religion (see below)
Co-editor (with Audrey Borowski), ‘Universal Histories’, special issue of Intellectual History Review, 33.3 (forthcoming August 2023)
Examines the co-existence of multiple historically referential styles in 19th-century German architecture and the unsuccessful attempts, in the abundant theoretical writing of the time, to establish a normative (but still historically referential) style.
Pays particular attention to the designs and writings of the Bavarian court architect Leo von Klenze, who (in contrast to his Prussian counterpart K. F. Schinkel) has been relatively little discussed in anglophone scholarship.
‘The Theorization of Style’, in Stefanie Fricke, Felicitas Meinert, and Katharina Pink (eds.), Romanticism and Knowledge (Trier: WVT, 2015), 73–86
On Scott’s Bride of Lammermoor, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Lockean epistemology
Seven articles in Christopher John Murray (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760–1850, 2 vols. (New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004):
‘Art and Classical Antiquity’, pp. 30–1
‘Boullée, Étienne-Louis (1728–1799)’, pp. 107–8
‘Jacobi, Friedrich Heinrich (1743–1819)’, pp. 571–3
‘Klenze, Leo von (1784–1864)’, pp. 615–16
‘Robinson, Henry Crabb (1775–1867)’, pp. 949–51
‘Schinkel, Karl Friedrich (1781–1841)’, pp. 1005–7
‘Symbol and Allegory’, pp. 1113–14
‘The Metaphysical Foundation of Frye’s Monadology’, in Jeffery Donaldson and Alan Mendelson (eds.), Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of Northrop Frye (University of Toronto Press, 2004), pp. 97–104
‘How Coleridge Was Wilder than Byron’, Romanticism, 10 (2004), 144–57
‘Walter Benjamin’s Unacknowledged Romanticism’, Lingua Humanitatis, 2 (2002), 163–82
‘When Is a Symbol Not a Symbol? Coleridge on the Eucharist’, The Coleridge Bulletin, 20 (2002), 85–92
‘Mind as Microcosm’, European Romantic Review, 12 (2001), 43–52
‘The Norton Critical Edition of Coleridge’s Poetry and Prose’, Romanticism on the Net, 19 (August 2000)
‘Why Coleridge Was Not a Freudian’, Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, 7 (1997), 13–28 (special issue on Coleridge)
‘How Christian Is the Coleridgean Symbol?’ The Wordsworth Circle, 26 (1995), 26–30
‘An Anthropological Approach to the Romantic Symbol’, European Romantic Review, 4 (1993), 13–33
‘From Hierarchy to Opposition: Allegory and the Sublime’, Comparative Literature, 44 (1992), 337–60