Yasmin Solomonescu


Assistant Professor of English

Speciality: British Romanticism

Degrees: BJ, Carleton University; MPhil and PhD, University of Cambridge

Yasmin Solomonescu specializes in British Romanticism with particular interests in literature’s intersections with political culture, rhetorical theory and practice, and the sciences of life and the mind. Her first book, John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination, reassesses Thelwall’s diverse body of work from the vantage of his materialist arguments about living nature, from vitality and cognition to agency and reform. Solomonescu’s current book project, Romantic Persuasions, investigates theories and practices of persuasion in British novels, poetry, and drama from the period 1770–1840. Of central interest are the Godwin and Shelley circles, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, and Austen. Solomonescu pursued research for this project as a visiting fellow of Chawton House Library, England, in summer 2016.

Recent Publications

  • “Four Letters by Annabella and Lucy Byron.” Keats-Shelley Journal (2016).
  • “Mary Shelley’s Fascinations: The Last Man.” Modern Philology 114.3 (February 2017).
  • Percy Shelley’s Revolutionary Periods.” ELH 83.4 (Winter 2016).
  • Ed., with Guillaume Ansart, Raphaël Ehrsam, and Catriona Seth. Enlightenment Liberties/Libertés des Lumières. Éditions Honoré Champion, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Poetic Liberties in the 1790s: John Thelwall and Some Contemporaries.” Enlightenment Liberties/Libertés des Lumières. Ed. Guillaume Ansart, Raphaël Ehrsam, Catriona Seth, and Yasmin Solomonescu. Éditions Honoré Champion, forthcoming 2018. 319-42.
  • “‘A Plausible Tale’: William Godwin’s Things As They Are.” European Romantic Review 25.5 (Oct. 2014): 591-610.
  • John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination. Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print, 2014.
  • Ed. and intro., with Michael Scrivener and Judith Thompson. The Daughter of Adoption: A Tale of Modern Times. By John Thelwall. Broadview Press, 2013.
  • Ed. and intro. John Thelwall: Critical Reassessments. Sept. 2011. Romantic Circles “Praxis.”
  • “Mute Records and Blank Legends: John Thelwall’s ‘Paternal Tears.’ ” Romanticism 16.2 (July 2010): 152-63.
  • “Articulations of Community in The Peripatetic.” John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon. Ed. Steve Poole. Pickering & Chatto, 2009. 83-93.


Recent Awards

  • Chawton House Library (UK) Visiting Fellowship, Summer 2016
  • Robert F. and Margaret S. Goheen Fellowship, National Humanities Center, NC, 2014–15
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2009–11


Contact Information
326 Decio Faculty Hall
(574) 631-4144

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556