Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature
Research Fields: Romantic, Eighteenth-Century, and Restoration British Literature; Comparative Romanticism; Criticism and Critical Theory; Rhetoric; Environmental Studies; History and Economics of Higher Education
Education: B.A. 1973, Ph.D. 1978 Harvard
Selected Works: Co-editor, The Call of Classical Literature in the Romantic Age (2017). An edition from the original manuscripts of William Wordsworth’s autobiographical poem The Prelude (1805), with Introduction, notes, and marginal glosses; illustrated by artwork contemporaneous with the poem. Co-editor Michael D. Raymond (Boston: David R. Godine, and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (2008, ed. with Adelson, Ranalli, and Van Anglen). Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money (2005, with Anthony Dangerfield); The Committed Word: Literature and Public Values (1999); Coleridge: The Early Family Letters (1994); Forming the Critical Mind (1989); ed. and contributor, Johnson and His Age (1984); ed. (with W. J. Bate) Biographia Literaria for the Collected Coleridge (1983); The Creative Imagination: Enlightenment to Romanticism (1981)
James Engell is also a member of the Committee on the Study of Religion and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He has also directed dissertations in American Studies, History, as well as Romance Languages & Literatures (French).
Founded as a graduate program in 1904 and joining with the undergraduate Literature Concentration in 2007, Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature operates at the crossroads of multilingualism, literary study, and media history.