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Hugh Roberts
Associate Professor, English

Ph.D., McGill University
 
Research Interests:
Romantic Literature; Shelley; Literature and Science; Chaos Theory and Literature; Politics and Literature
 
Research Summary:
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.
 
Professional Associations
Modern Languages Association
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
 
Selected Publications:
  Books
  Shelley and the Chaos of History: A New Politics of Poetry. Penn State UP, 1997
  Edited Books
  (Co-edited with Harry Ricketts) How You Doing?: A Selection of New Zealand Comic and Satiric Verse. Lincoln UP and Daphne Brasell Associates, 1998
  Journal Articles, Book Chapters, etc.
  "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
 

Contact Information

     Campus Address
     Hugh Roberts
University of California, Irvine
372 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697-2650
Mail Code: 2650
     Campus phone: (949) 824-6640
     Campus phone: (949) 824-2916
     Email: hroberts@uci.edu
 
Date last modified: 04/04/2016
 
 
 
 

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