DepositCriticism after Romanticism, 4: Scholarship and Literary History. 5. Early sociological approaches

An overview of some central ideas and movements in nineteenth-century criticism and aesthetics during the Victorian period, after the heyday of Romanticism. This lecture centers on the development of historical scholarship and its context in the history of ideas, followed by some notes on incipient sociological theories of literature and proto-Marxist critical approaches in Czarist Russia.

MemberRebecca Haidt

18th-19th C cultures, literatures; comparative studies; gender, sexuality; material culture; cultural history; Spain; Spain-Cuba and Spain-North Africa 18th-19th centuries; convict transport history; labor history and history of women’s work; fashion and costume history; Madrid; Iberian studies; Enlightenment; book history; translation; media studies; popular culture; popular theatre; prose fiction; European literary history; history of ideas.

MemberNicolás Fernández-Medina

–Life Embodied: The Promise of Vital Force in Spanish Modernity. History of Ideas Series. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, May 2018. 424 pages.
–Modernism and the Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy. Eds. Nicolás Fernández-Medina and Maria Truglio. New York: Routledge, 2016. 262 pages.
–The Poetics of Otherness in Antonio Machado’s ‘Proverbios y cantares’. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2011. 214 pages….

I specialize in late eighteenth- to early twentieth-century Spanish literature, philosophy, and culture, including Enlightenment thought, interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies, philosophy of science and the body, Gender Studies, social history of ideas in medicine, modernist aesthetics, and the avant-garde.  

MemberKatalin Straner

I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.