Yasmin Solomonescu


Associate Professor of English

Specialties: Romanticism; literature and cognition; literature and pluralism (moral, political); persuasion and rhetoric; form and formalisms; prosody and poetics; literary theory.

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

Yasmin Solomonescu (Yass-MEEN Solomon-ES-coo) specializes in British Romanticism with emphasis on the work(ings) of literature: how it's worked and how it works on and with its readers. Related areas of interest include cognition, epistemology, moral and political pluralism, persuasion and rhetoric, form and formalisms, prosody and poetics, self-reflexivity in literature, and literary theory (increasingly, pragmatism).

Solomonescu is currently writing a book entitled Romantic Persuasions that considers how Romantic writers reconceived of the state and process of persuasion in the context of polarized socio-political debates, a new science of the mind, and an aesthetic turn against didacticism. Through close attention to the period's innovative ways of theorizing, representing, and enacting persuasion, the book makes a case for the concept's centrality to Romantic literary history, as well as to literary theory and critical practice today. Writers addressed include De Quincey, Hazlitt, Godwin, Wordsworth, the Shelleys, Byron, Austen, and the eighteenth-century rhetorician George Campbell. This project has received the support of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, USA, and Chawton House, England.

Solomonescu's first book, John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination, advances the critical recovery of the Romantic-era reformer and polymath John Thelwall and shows to what extent Romanticism's belief in the imagination as an agent of social and cognitive change was bound up with the developing sciences of the body and mind.

Solomonescu serves as Reviews Co-Editor for the Keats-Shelley Journal. She also co-founded the John Thelwall Society and serves as its North American Officer.


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