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Cynthia Chase

Professor

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 291
247 Goldwin Smith Hall
cc97@cornell.edu
607-255-1036

Overview

Cynthia Chase teaches courses in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature on European Romanticism, critical theory, autobiography, and poetry. She is the author of Decomposing Figures: Rhetorical Readings in the Romantic Tradition and the editor of Longmans Critical Readers Romanticism, and has published many articles on Romanticism and critical theory, especially psychoanalysis and deconstruction.

Current research projects: How do works of literature written in the Romantic period survive for today’s public? I am writing about how this happens via critical interpretation and via other kinds of works of art. I am also exploring the history of interpretations of the French Revolution, reflected in such different areas as present-day discussions of human rights and directors’ and performers’ decisions about how to stage a play or an opera representing the Terror. My current research and teaching investigates conflicts in the ways Wordsworth and Keats are read and the difficulties of framing or performing a writer’s life and work.

    Departments/Programs

    • Comparative Literature
    • English

    Graduate Fields

    • Comparative Literature
    • English Language and Literature

    Research

    • Romanticism
    • Critical Theory
    • Wordworth
    • Poetry
    • Autobiography
    • Literature and Music
    • Translation

    Courses