Five Questions: David Higgins on Romantic Englishness

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David Higgins - Romantic Englishness

David Higgins is an Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Leeds; he currently serves on the BARS Executive and was until recently the Editor of the BARS Bulletin & Review. His doctoral research focused on the constructions of literary genius in late Romantic periodicals; this project formed the basis of his first monograph, Romantic Genius and the Literary Magazine: Biography, Celebrity, Politics (London and New York: Routledge, 2005). More recently, he has worked on diverse subjects including Romantic China, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ecocriticism and creativity (working as part of Leeds’ ongoing Creativity Project and acting as Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘Creative Communities, 1750-1830′ network). His major research project over the past few years, though, has been an examination of the ways in which narratives of localised selfhood in English Romantic writing developed in relation to larger national and imperial formations. This work has recently resulted in his latest monograph, Romantic Englishness: Local, National and Global Selves, 1780-1850, which …read more