Mary Anne Myers explores the literary, political, and cultural forces shaping British Romanticism and its ongoing legacies in representations of love and revolution. Her book project examines sensibility's rise and fall in late-eighteenth-century British culture and its ties to today's affect theories. Within this context, she highlights a source for the Romantic lyric in late-eighteenth-century women writers' engagement with Petrarch, the medieval figure whose self-documented failure in love made him beloved by centuries of readers. Her forthcoming article In the Keats-Shelley Journal (2013) positions the poetry of John Keats in the thread of this literary conversation.
Areas of Interest
Transatlantic and continental Romanticism; Victorian and modern literatures; poetry and poetics; theories of reading, writing, and pedagogy; gender issues; and love studies.