Recent Commons Activity


Daniel Rosenberg Nutters recently earned his Ph.D. in English from Temple University with a specialization in American and European literature from Romanticism through Modernism and critical theory. He is at work on two interrelated projects: The Humanist Critic: Lionel Trilling and Edward Said and The Man of Imagination: Henry James and Romantic-Modernism.


Temple University
Ph.D. English (2017)

S.U.N.Y Buffalo
M.A. English (2009)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A. English (2008)


“Modernism in the Classroom: Lionel Trilling and the Experience of Literature.” College Literature (forthcoming 2021): 12,300 words
“The Content of Culture: Matthew Arnold and Harold Bloom.” Symplokē 28.1-2 (2020): 459-476.
“The Intoxicated Conversation: Maurice Blanchot and the Poetics of Critical Masks” (with Daniel T. O’Hara). Philosophy and Poetry: A Continental Perspective. Ed. Ranjan Ghosh. New York: Columbia UP, 2019. 160-174.
“War on Earth: Edward Said and Romantic Literary History.” Symplokē 25.1-2 (2017): 451-468.
“The Madness of the Master: Henry James and Maurice Blanchot at the Limit.” Henry James Review 37.3 (Fall 2016): 261-273.
“Henry James and the Sublime.” Arizona Quarterly 71.2 (Summer 2015): 87-120.
The ‘Whole’ Conduct of Life: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry James.” A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and International Culture. Eds. Ricardo Miguel Alfonso and David LaRocca. New Hampshire: Dartmouth CP, 2015. 201-214.
“Back to Beginnings: Edward Said Between Aesthetics and Politics.” The Geocritical Legacies of Edward Said: Spatiality, Critical Humanism, and Comparative Literature. Ed. Robert T. Tally Jr. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 83-100.
“Between the Romance and the Real: Experiencing Jamesian Reading.” Henry James Review 35.1 (Winter 2014): 12-22. 
Review Essays
“Can’t Buy Me Love.” Review of Paul Bove, Love’s Shadow. Symplokē 29.1-2 (forthcoming 2021): 3,000 words.
“Recovering the Liberal Tradition.” Journal of Modern Literature 41.1 (Fall 2017): 161-168. Review essay of Amanda Anderson, Bleak Liberalism.
“Deconstructive Arming.” Journal of Modern Literature 40.3 (Spring 2017): 166-177. Review essay of J. Hillis Miller, Communities in Fiction and Henry Sussman, Playful Intelligence: Digitizing Tradition.
“The Abysses in James Studies.” Henry James Review 36.1 (Winter 2015): 92-100. Review essay of Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray, and Adrian Harding, eds, Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity and Leonardo F. Lisi, Marginal Modernity: The Aesthetics of Dependency from Kierkegaard to Joyce.
Short Reviews
“A Postscript to Transgression.” Review of Alyce Mahon, The Marquis de Sade and the Avant-Garde and Lode Lauwaert, Marquis de Sade and Continental Philosophy. American Book Review (forthcoming 2021)
“The Translator as Hero.” Review of David Rosenberg, A Life in a PoemAmerican Book Review 41.5 (July/August 2020): 16-18.
“The Pedagogy of the Aesthete: Oscar Wilde and Harold Bloom.” Review of Harold Bloom, Possessed by Memory.Symplokē 27.1-2 (2019): 333-336.
“Aesthetic and Politics Again?” Review of Timothy Aubry, Guilty Aesthetic PleasuresJournal of Modern Literature 43.3 (Spring 2020): 185-189.
Review of Jesse Rosenthal, Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel. Symplokē 27.1-2 (2019): 520-521.
Review of Michel Foucault, Language, Madness, and Desire: On Literature. Edited by Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, and Judith Revel. Symplokē 26.1-2 (2018): 536-538.
Review of Tom Eyers, Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical PresentComparative Literature Studies 55.2 (Spring 2018): 469-473.
“The Irony of Critique.” American Book Review 38.5 (July/August 2017): 14-15. Special Issue “Postcritique.” Review of Jeffrey Di Leo, ed. Criticism After Critique.
“Writing Genius.” American Book Review 38.3 (March/April 2017): 9. Special Issue “Genius.” Review of Mark Edmundson, Why Write? A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why It Matters.
Review of Irving Goh, The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the SubjectSymplokē 23.1-2 (2015): 550-551.
“Mapping Theory.” American Book Review 36.3 (March/April 2015): 12-13. Review of Robert T. Tally Jr., Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism.
“The Critic and the Fat Girl.” Journal of Modern Literature 37.4 (Summer 2014): 177-181. Review of Charles Altieri, Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity: Toward a Phenomenology of Value.
Other Writing
“Close Reading.” Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 412-413.
“Heteronomy.” Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 515-516.


“Modernism in the Classroom: Lionel Trilling and the Experience of Literature.” (under review)
“Tea at the Palaz of Bloom” (in preparation)
The Humanist Critic: Lionel Trilling and Edward Said (in preparation)
The Man of Imagination: Henry James and Romantic-Modernism (in preparation)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“The Organic Ideal and the Romantic Image: Frank Kermode and F.O. Matthiessen.” NeMLA. Baltimore, MD. April, 2017.

“Beginning Again: Michel Foucault and the Limit-Experience.” Forum. Literary and Cultural Theory: Re-turns of Deconstruction. MLA. Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.

“Revising Jamesian Myth.” Allied Organization. Henry James Society: Dead Letters. MLA. Philadelphia, PA, January 2017.

“From the Myth of the Master to the Man of Imagination: Toward a New Jamesian Poetics.” Commemorating James. Henry James Society. Waltham, MA. June 2016.

“James Baldwin, Literary Historian.” Locating Post-45. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. March 2015.

“From Romantic Ideology to Late Style: The Critical Humanism of Lionel Trilling and Edward Said.” Special Session: The Politics of Literature. MLA. Vancouver, BC. January 2015.

“Rupert Birkin among the Ruins: Robert Browning and D.H. Lawrence.” Abiding Cities, Remnant Cites. CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY. November 2014.

“Percy Shelley’s Moral Imagination.” Unbinding Prometheus. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. September 2014.

“The Man of Imagination: Henry James and the Humanities.” NeMLA. Harrisburg, PA. April 2014.

“The Sublime Act of Reading: Keats and Stevens.” NeMLA. Harrisburg, PA. April 2014.

“Back to Beginnings: Edward Said Between Aesthetics and Politics.” ACLA. New York, NY. March 2014.

“The New Americanist Jeremiad.” Special Session: Newer New or Coming After? Americanist Literary Criticism at the Present Moment. MLA. Chicago, IL. January 2014.

“The Pain of the Text: Roland Barthes and Lionel Trilling.” The Return of the Text: The Cultural Value of Close-Reading. Syracuse, NY. September 2013.

“Melville’s Irony and Whitman’s Vision: Moby-Dick and the Romantic Imagination.” Melville and Whitman in Washington: The Civil War and After. The Melville Society. Washington, D.C. June 2013.

“Authentic Sincerity, Sincere Authenticity: Barthes and/or Trilling.” The Renaissance of Roland Barthes. CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY. April 2013.

“James, Hegel, and the Preface to The Golden Bowl.” Placing Henry James. Henry James Society. London, England. June 2012.

“Henry James and the Sublime.” Principles of Uncertainty. CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY. May 2012.

“Henry James, Georges Bataille, and the Ethics of Globalization.” Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders. SUNY Binghamton. Binghamton, NY. April 2012.

“Mann among the Arcades: Walter Benjamin’s Dialectical Image and The Magic Mountain.” Literatures of Modernity Symposium. Ryerson University. Toronto, ON. March 2011.

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