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Peter Manning

Ph.D. Yale, 1968.
British and Transatlantic literature of the Romantic Period; the long eighteenth century, particularly the relations of literature and art, high and low; literary theory; psychoanalysis; history of the book.
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  • Biography


    I received a BA from Harvard College in 1963, and then an MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from Yale University in 1968. Before coming to Stony Brook I taught in California for several decades, first at Berkeley and then at the University of Southern California.

  • Courses Taught

    courses taught 

    Undergraduate:  survey of British Literature, lectures and seminars in eighteenth-century British literature and art, lectures and seminars in the Romantic period, epic and its heirs, Athenian drama and its afterlife, methods and materials of literary criticism, seminars in satire, the Age of Revolutions (1789-1848), critical theory, and honors seminars.  Interdisciplinary freshman honors programs.

    Graduate:  introduction to graduate studies (literary theory; textual questions, professional issues), seminar in autobiographical fictions, Mellon interdisciplinary doctoral seminar on the concept of the frame, seminars in literary theory (e.g.: Barthes and Benjamin, Benjamin and Bakhtin), introductory and advanced seminars in the Romantics and transatlantic and global romanticism. Eighteen dissertations directed.

  • Books and Editions



    Reading Romantics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Pp. 326. Rpt. 2001. 

    Byron and His Fictions. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1978.  Pp. 296. Republished by Books on Demand, 1996.

    Editions (all co-edited with    Susan J. Wolfson)

    Lord Byron: Don Juan, ed. T. G. Steffan, E. Steffan, and W. W. Pratt, with an introduction by Susan J. Wolfson and Peter J. Manning (London: Penguin, 2004). Updated and revised edition, 2013.

    Selected Poems of Thomas Hood, Winthrop Mackworth Praed and Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2000. xxxi + 388 pp. In North America: Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2001.       TLS    Notable Book of The Year.

    Longman Anthology of British Literature . The Romantics & Their Contemporaries. New York: Longman, 1999 (published 1998). 2 vols., 2963 + 2982 pp.; 2:2-1031. Compact edition: New York: Longman, 2000. 2680 pp. Printed also in six-volume edition, Romantics section available independently as vol. 2A, The Romantics and Their Contemporaries, 1999. Second edition, revised and enlarged 2003 (published 2002). Third edition, revised and enlarged, 2006. Abridgement of third edition available as Masters of British Literature , 2 vols. New York: Longman, 2008 (available 2007). Fourth edition, revised, 2010 (available 2009). Fifth edition, revised and enlarged (Boston: Pearson, 2012).

    Lord Byron: Selected Poems .  Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1996.  xxxiii + 830 pp. New Edition, London: Penguin, 2005.

  • Articles


    “‘My pang shall find a voice':   Manfred and The Sorrows of Young Werther ,” Romantic Circles (forthcoming April 2018).

    “Transatlantic Grammars: Lindley Murray and William Cobbett,” The Wordsworth Circle , 48,2 (Spring 2017) 71-76.

    “Edward Irving: Coleridge, Sign, and Symbol,” The Coleridge Bulletin , NS 49 (2017), 1-23.

    “Wordsworth in Youth and Age,”   European Romantic Review   , 25:3 (2014), 385-96.

    “Cobbett’s Chopstick Festival: Event, Representation, Context,”  Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 31 (2009), 99-112.

    “The Persian Wordsworth,”   European Romantic Review, 17 (2006), 189-96.

    “Detaching Lamb’s Thoughts,”     Prose Studies, 25 (2002), 137-46. Issue published also as       Romantic Periodicals and Print Culture, ed. Kim Wheatley (London: Frank Cass, 2003). Taylor and Francis e-Books edition, 2005.

    “The history in Cobbett’s History of the Protestant Reformation,”   Huntington Library Quarterly, 64 (2001), 429-43. [Appeared 5/2003]

    “The Birthday of Typography,”   Studies in Romanticism, 40 (2001), 71-83.

    “Hermits and Monks: The Romantic Century 1750-1850,”   European Romantic Review, 11 (2000), 25-30.

    “Troubling the Borders: Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1998,”   The Wordsworth Circle, 30 (1999), 22-27.

    "Childe Harold in the Marketplace: From Romaunt to Handbook,"   Modern Language Quarterly, 52 (1991), 170-90.        

    "Cleansing the Images: Wordsworth, Rome, and the Rise of Historicism,"   Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 33 (1991), 271-326.

    "Placing Poor Susan: Wordsworth and the New Historicism,"   Studies in Romanticism, 25 (1986), 351-69.

    "Wordsworth at St. Bees: Scandals, Sisterhoods, and Wordsworth's Later Poetry,"   English Literary History, 52 (1985), 33-58.

    "Wordsworth's Intimations Ode and its Epigraphs,"     Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 82 (1983), 526-40. Reprinted in     Critical Essays on William Wordsworth, ed. George H. Gilpin (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1990), 83-97, and in     Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism    vol. 206, ed. Kathy D. Darrow (Detroit: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2009), 266-74.

    "Reading Wordsworth's Revisions: Othello and the Drowned Man,"   Studies in Romanticism, 22 (1983), 3-28.

    "Wordsworth and Gray's Sonnet on the Death of West,"   Studies in English Literature, 22 (1982), 505-18.

    "Don Juan and Byron's Imperceptiveness to the English Word,"     Studies in Romanticism, 18 (1979), 207-33. Reprinted in Critical Essays on Lord Byron, ed. Robert F. Gleckner (New York:  G. K. Hall, 1991), 109-33, in       Romanticism: A Critical Reader, ed. Duncan Wu (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995), 217-42, and (in part) in Byron, ed. Jane Stabler (London: Longman, 1998), 180-93.

    "`My former thoughts returned': Wordsworth's `Resolution and Independence,'"   The Wordsworth Circle, 9 (1978), 398-405.

    "Michael, Luke, and Wordsworth,"   Criticism, 19 (1977), 195-211.

    "Wordsworth, Margaret, and The Pedlar,"   Studies in Romanticism, 15 (1976), 195-220.

    "Edmund Kean and Byron's Plays,"   Keats-Shelley Journal, 21-22 (1972-73), 188-206.

    "Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers: The Art of Allusion,"   Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin, 21 (1970), 7-11.

  • Essays in Books

    essays in books 

    “Theatre and Drama,” Byron in Context , ed. Clara Tuite (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

    “The White Doe of Rylstone and Later Narrative Poems,” Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth , ed. Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 268-88. Forthcoming in paperback, July 2018.

    "Wordsworth's ‘Illustrated Books and Newspapers' and Media of the City," Romanticism and the City , ed. Larry Peer (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 223-40. Reprinted with revisions in The Wordsworth Circle, 49 (1), Winter 2018, 10-19.

    “The Sublime Self and the Single Voice,” an excerpt from chapter 2 of Byron and His Fictions , in Byron’s Poetry and Prose , ed. Alice Levine (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 898-919.

    “The Other Scene of Travel: Wordsworth's ‘Musings Near Aquapendente,’” The Wordsworthian Enlightenment , ed. Helen Regueiro Elam and Frances Ferguson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, pp. 191-211. A preliminary, briefer version published as “Home Thoughts from Abroad: Wordsworth’s ‘Musings Near Aquapendente,’” Angles on the English-Speaking World , 3 (2003), 93-111.

    “Manufacturing the Romantic Image: Hazlitt and Coleridge Lecturing,” Romantic Metropolis , ed. James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 227-45. Paperback edition, 2010.

    “William Wordsworth and William Cobbett: Scotch Travel and British Reform,” Scotland and The Borders of Romanticism , ed. Leith Davis, Ian Duncan, and Janet Sorensen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 153-69. Paperback edition, 2010. A preliminary, briefer version published as “Touring Scotland at the Time of the Reform Bill: William Wordsworth and William Cobbett,” The Wordsworth Circle , 31 (2000), 80-83.

    “’Suppressed Passion’: The Two Foscari " and "The Sins of the Fathers: Werner ," sections reprinted from Byron and His Fictions , in The Plays of Lord Byron: Critical Essays , ed. Bernard Beatty and Robert F. Gleckner. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1997, pp. 151-61, 363-78. Pp. 146-174 of Byron and His Fictions are also reprinted in Drama Criticism .  Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 24.   Detroit: Gale, 2005. From Literature Resource Center.

    "Wordsworth in the Keepsake , 1829," in Literature in the Marketplace , ed. John O. Jordan and Robert L. Patten. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, pp. 44-73. Paperback edition, 2002.

    "The Nameless Broken Dandy and the Structure of Authorship," a chapter reprinted from Reading Romantics , in Romantic Poetry: Recent Revisionary Criticism , ed. Karl Kroeber and Gene W. Ruoff. New Brunswick,  N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1993, pp. 300-13.

    "Don Juan and the Revisionary Self," in Romantic Revisions , ed. Robert Brinkley and Keith Hanley.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, pp. 210-26.   

    "Reading and Ravishing: The `Ode on a Grecian Urn,'" in Approaches to Teaching Keats's Poetry , ed. Walter H. Evert and Jack W. Rhodes.  New York: Modern Language Association, 1991, pp. 131-36.

    "`A plain man, and in a single station': Byronic Self-Representation in Don Juan ," in Approaches to Teaching Byron's Poetr y , ed. Frederick W. Shilstone.  New York: Modern Language Association, 1991, pp. 148-51.

    "The Byronic Hero as Little Boy," a section reprinted from Byron and His Fictions , in Modern Critical Interpretations:  Lord Byron's Don Juan, ed. Harold Bloom.  New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987, pp. 43-65.

    "The Hone-ing of Byron's Corsair ," in Textual Criticism and Literary Interpretation , ed. Jerome J. McGann.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985,  pp. 107-126. Reprinted in George Gordon, Lord Byron:Modern Critical Views , ed. Harold Bloom.  New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986, pp. 133-48.

    "On Failing to Teach Wordsworth," in Approaches to Teaching Wordsworth's Poetry , ed. Spencer Hall.  New York: Modern Language Association, 1986, pp. 39-42.

    "Tales and Politics: The Corsair , Lara , and The White Doe of Rylstone ," in Byron: Poetry and Politics , ed. E. A. Sturzl and James Hogg, Salzburger Studien Zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 13 (1981), 204-30.  Also Atlantic Highlands, N. J.: Humanities Press, 1981.

  • Prefaces, Introductions and Brief Contributions

    PREFACES, introductions AND brief contributions

    “[Surmise],” About Geoffrey Hartman: Materials for a Study of Intellectual Influence,       Philological Quarterly   , 93:2 (Spring 2014), 204-05. [Appeared 6/2015]

    Introduction to Nostalgia, Melancholy, Anxiety: Discursive Mobility and the Circulation of Bodies, special issue of       Studies in Romanticism    that I guest-edited, 49 (2010), 195-96.

    “‘Foreword, The Critic as Investigator,” Charles J. Rzepka,       Selected Studies in Romantic and American Literature, History, and Culture    ((Farnham, U.K. and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010).

    “Preface,”       Romantic Generations: Essays in Honor of Robert F. Gleckner, ed. Ghislaine McDayter, Guinn Batten, and Barry Milligan (Cranbury, New Jersey: Associated University Presses, 2001), pp. 7-11.

  • Honors and Awards


    SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2013.

    Andrew W. Mellon Grant ($200,000) to offer Interdisciplinary Dissertation Seminar, Summers 2009 and 2010. 

    Distinguished Scholar Award, Keats-Shelley Association, 1996.

    National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1993-1994.

    Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Southern California, 1989.

    Mortar Board Faculty Member of the Month, University of Southern California, November, 1987.

    Keats-Shelley Association Award for Distinguished Publication: Honorable Mention, 1986 (for "The Hone-ing of Byron's Corsair").

    Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California, 1985.

    President, Wordsworth-Coleridge Association, 1984.

    Grant-in-aid, American Council of Learned Societies, 1983.

    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1981-1982.

    Research / Travel Grant from the American Philosophical Society, 1980.

    Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Berkeley, 1974-1975.

    Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, 1971-1972.

    Phi Beta Kappa; Woodrow Wilson Fellowship; Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship.

  • Recent Talks


    “Wordsworth’s 1820 Miscellaneous Poems : The Overlooked Consolidation of a Career,” Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Brown University, June, 2018.

    “Lord Byron’s Manfred : A Bicentennial Symposium,”  Modern Language Association Annual Convention . New York University, April, 2017.

    “James Morier’s Hajji Baba of Ispahan and the Question of Genre,” Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, University of California, Berkeley, August, 2016.

    “Poverty in 1835: Wordsworth’s       Yarrow Revisited    and Andrew Ure’s       The Philosophy of Manufactures   ,’ Convention of the Modern Language Association, Division on the English Romantic Period, Austin, Texas, January, 2016.

    “Edward Irving: Charisma and (Dis)Organization,” Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism,” American University / five other institutions, Washington, DC, July, 2014.  

    “Wordsworth and Multi-Directional Memory,” Long Eighteenth Century and Romanticism Colloquium, Harvard University, November, 2013.  

    “Wordsworth in Youth and Age,” Master Class, Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boston University / College of the Holy Cross, August, 2013.