Yasmin Solomonescu


Associate Professor of English

Specialty: British Romanticism

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

Yasmin Solomonescu specializes in British Romanticism and the intersections of literature, cognition, ethics, and politics. Her book-in-progress Romantic Persuasions considers how, amid the scientific and socio-political revolutions of the period 1770-1840, British writers transformed the meaning of persuasion and the literary practices associated with it in ways that speak to current advances in the cognitive sciences and current impasses in the public sphere. This project has received the support of fellowships from the National Humanities Center and the Chawton House Library, England. Solomonescu’s first book, John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination, advances the recovery of the democratic reformer and polymath John Thelwall (1764-1834) and shows to what extent Romanticism’s belief in the imagination as an agent of individual and social change was bound up with the developing sciences of the body and mind. Solomonescu co-founded the John Thelwall Society and serves as its North American Officer. Since 2017 she also serves as Reviews Co-Editor for the Keats-Shelley Journal.


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