Carlson, Julie



Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1985

Julie Carlson is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara and co-editor of Brainstorm Books (punctum books). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1985, and her central interests include: British Romanticism; early nineteenth-century British theater; the Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley family; theories of race and sexuality; mind studies. She is the author of England's First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley (Johns Hopkins, 2007), In the Theatre of Romanticism: Coleridge, Nationalism, Women (Cambridge UP, 1994), guest editor of Domestic/Tragedy (South Atlantic Quarterly, 1997), co-editor (with Elisabeth Weber) of Speaking About Torture (Fordham, 2012) and various articles on romantic drama and theater, cultural poetics, and the politics of friendship.  Currently she is writing a book on Friendship and Creativity:  A Radical Legacy of British Romantic-Era Writing.




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English Department
UC Santa Barbara
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Literature and Mind
Romantic Literature
Theories of Gender and Sexualities

Research Interests: 

  • British Romanticism
  • Feminist, race, and queer theories
  • Early nineteenth-century British theater
  • The social revolutions of the 1790s and 1960s
  • Literature and mind


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