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Jonathan Sachs, PhD

Professor, English


Jonathan Sachs, PhD
Office: S-LB 674-5 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2365
Email: jonathan.sachs@concordia.ca

Jonathan Sachs is Professor of English at Concordia University. His work focuses on British literature from 1750-1850, where his research explores the role of literature in constructing historical and temporal experience, including the uses of antiquity, the anticipation of the future, and practices of reading. Currently at work on a monograph titled Slow Time: A Literary Experiment, Sachs is the author of The Poetics of Decline in British Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 2018) and  Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832 (Oxford UP, 2010) and the co-author, with The Multigraph Collective, of Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in an Era of Print Saturation (U Chicago P, 2018). He has recently finished, with Professor Andrew Stauffer, a new one-volume edition of Byron’s Major Works for the Oxford 21st-Century Authors Series. 

 

Sachs has served as the Principal Investigator of the Interacting with Print Research Group (2014-2020), as the Romanticism Section editor of Blackwell’s Literature Compass (2015-2020) and as a member of the MLA’s Executive Committee for Later Eighteenth-Century Literature (2015-2020). He has held Visiting Fellowships at Clare Hall, Cambridge and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and in March 2010, he was the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. More recent research has been supported by multiple awards from the SSHRC and by residential fellowships at the National Humanities Center (US) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. 


Research and teaching interests

I specialize in British literature from 1750-1850, with a particular interest in poetry. My research explores the role of literature in constructing historical and temporal experience, including the uses of antiquity, the anticipation of the future, and practices of reading. 


Selected publications

BOOKS

The Poetics of Decline in British Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

 

Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation, co-written with the Multigraph Collective (University of Chicago Press, 2018).

 

Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832 (Oxford University Press, 2010).  


SELECTED RECENT ARTICLES

“Slow Time,” PMLA, 134.2 (March, 2019), 315-331.

 

“Tempos: Technique and the Time of Reading” (with Andrew Piper), PMLA 133.5 (October 2018): 1259-67.

 

“Eighteenth-Century Slow Time: Seven Propositions,” Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 60:2 (2019): 185-221.



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