Hugh Roberts

Associate Professor, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., McGill University

Phone: (949) 824-6640
Fax: (949) 824-2916

University of California, Irvine
372 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

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Romantic Literature; Shelley; Literature and Science; Chaos Theory and Literature; Politics and Literature
My book, Shelley and the Chaos of History: A New Politics of Poetry (Penn State UP, 1997), uses conceptual frameworks drawn from chaos and complexity theory to argue for a new understanding of the political nature of the literary work of art. It argues that much of this "new understanding" is adumbrated in the political thought of Percy Bysshe Shelley. I am currently exploring concepts of complexity, system and paranoia in Romantic era poetry and politics.
Publications Shelley and the Chaos of History: A New Politics of Poetry. Penn State UP, 1997
  (Co-edited with Harry Ricketts) How You Doing?: A Selection of New Zealand Comic and Satiric Verse. Lincoln UP and Daphne Brasell Associates, 1998
  "Chaos and Evolution: A Quantum Leap in Shelley’s Process." The Keats-Shelley Journal 45 (1996)

"Shelley Among the Post-Kantians." Studies in Romanticism. 35 (1996)

"Can Identity Be Helped?: Landfall, Chaos, and the Formation of a New Zealand National Literature." The Journal of New Zealand Literature. 14 (1996)

"Film", "Islands", "Nationalism". The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature. Ed. Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie. Oxford UP, 1998

"Standing Upright Here: Cinema of Unease and Other Recent New Zealand Film." Under Review: a selection from New Zealand Books, 1991-1996. Ed. Lauris Edmond, Harry Ricketts, and Bill Sewell. Lincoln UP and Daphne Brasell Associates
Modern Languages Association
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
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