Joseph Albernaz

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Joseph Albernaz specializes in the literature, especially poetry, of the Romantic period (late 18 th and early 19 th centuries), with a particular interest in the legacies of Romanticism across a number of theoretical and critical domains. His main current project traces new formations of community, ecology, and the everyday in Romantic literature and its twentieth-century and contemporary afterlives. An essay on John Clare from this work has appeared in European Romantic Review. He is also beginning work on a second book project that examines the political theology of sacrifice and theodicy in Romanticism and contemporary theory, especially in relation to race and slavery. Other ongoing projects include a theoretical study of the concept of rhythm, a suite of essays on the philosopher Hans Blumenberg, and translations from French and German.