Canada Research Chair
Distinguished University Professor
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
PhD, University of Toronto, 1977
MA, University of Toronto, 1973
BA, University of Toronto, 1972
Visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social, Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge in the Spring of 2014, and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Ludwig-Maximilien's University, Munich in the Spring of 2012.
Past Director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism (3 terms)
University College 2423
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My work focuses on and interrelates the three areas of Romantic literature (particularly the 1790s, the Godwin-Shelley Circle, Coleridge and Blake), Idealist and Romantic philosophy (particularly Hegel, Schelling and Schopenhauer), and contemporary theory (particularly deconstruction, its antecedents and aftermath). I am currently working on organizations of knowledge and (inter)disciplinarity from Hegel and Schelling to Foucault and Derrida, with particular reference to the role of philosophy, and to the unsettling role played by the life sciences and medicine from John Hunter, through the Coleridgeans, to Richard Owen. Two books that I am currently working on are Zones of Entanglement: Interdisciplinarity From Hegel and Schelling to Foucault, and Reading Between Hegel and Schelling. Future projects include a study of the relationship between aesthetics, pathology, and history in a number of philosophical, medical and literary texts of the Romantic period. I have also just completed an edition of William Godwin's novel Mandeville, which is set in the period of the English civil wars, for Broadview Press.
I am happy to supervise graduate students working on Romantic poetry, the 1790s and their aftermath, the Godwin-Wollstonecraft-Shelley circle, and nineteenth-century history of thought. I am also happy to supervise students with interests in phenomenology, deconstruction, or the relation of contemporary theory to earlier philosophy and history of thought.