Informed at once by theological, philosophical, and poetic traditions, the argument of my book, Romantic Fiat: Demystification and Enchantment in Lyric Poetry (2011), turns on a distinction between the authoritarian language of “let there be” and the quietism of “let be.” Romantic Fiat thus recasts a standard account we thought we knew from the history of ideas, about the language of imaginative creation in romantic poetry. The book also tries to model a kind of difficult critical movement between forms of literary analysis that stage conceptual interventions using literary texts (interpretation), and those that describe artworks (poetics).

My current scholarship focuses mainly on topics of philosophical aesthetics that bear on poets from William Wordsworth (d. 1850) to James Schuyler (d. 1991), and on the theory of poetry. I also write on Jane Austen, especially in relation to the practice of “ordinary language” philosophy in the work of J.L. Austin and Stanley Cavell. An ongoing book project is entitled “Jane Austen and Other Minds.”

I have published several essays on the poetry of William Wordsworth, as well as essays on William Godwin, Jane Austen, Percy Shelley, Thomas De Quincey, Elizabeth Bishop, and other writers.

I particularly welcome graduate students interested in the areas of British Romanticism, Modern American Poetry, and Philosophy / Critical Theory. My main areas are post-Kantian aesthetic thought and the persistence of deconstruction. But I also have enjoyed advising successful M.A. projects in ecological literary theory, narrative theory, and animal studies.




cover of Romantic Fiat: Demystification and Enchantment in Lyric Poetry by Eric LindstromRomantic Fiat: Demystification and Enchantment in Lyric Poetry; Palgrave
Macmillan, 2011 (272 pages); review in Studies in Romanticism 51 (Winter
2012): 624-7.

Selected Articles and Essays

“Money, Painting, and the Generic Abidance of Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Poem’ ”forthcoming in Modernism/ Modernity April 2018
“Mourning Life: William Wordsworth and Percy Bysshe Shelley”Romanticism 23.1 (2016): 38-52
“Romanticism, Poetics, and Lyric Theory”“Teaching Romanticism and Literary Theory” issue of Romantic Pedagogy Commons (December 2016 online); volume editor, Brian McGrath

Book Chapters

“Austen, Philosophy, and Comic Stylistics”Jane Austen and Comedy, ed. Erin Goss (Bucknell University Press, 2017)
“Judging Correct and Free Indirect Style”Style and Romantic Fiction, ed. Anne Toner (Cambridge University Press)


Associations and Affiliations

Modern Language Association (MLA)

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)

International Conference on Romanticism (ICR)

WordsworthColeridge Association; The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

Keats-Shelley Association of America

Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

British romanticism, romantic to modern poetry, literature and philosophy, critical theory 


  • Ph.D. Yale University, 2006


Office Location:

429 Old Mill

Courses Taught

  • Jane Austen
  • Romantic Poetry & Poetics
  • Romanticism: Writing the Self
  • British Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Critical Approaches to Lit
  • Elizabeth Bishop & Mod. Poetry
  • Modern Poetry
  • Poetics and Narrative Theory
  • Themes,Genres,Folklore: Taste & Judgment
  • British Romantic Poetry