Yasmin Solomonescu


Associate Professor of English

Specialties: British Romanticism, cognition, epistemology, persuasion and rhetoric, literary theory

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

Yasmin Solomonescu (Yass-MEEN Solomon-ES-coo) specializes in British Romanticism with particular interests in cognition, epistemology, persuasion and rhetoric, form and formalism, poetry and poetics, fiction, and literary theory. She is currently writing a book entitled Romantic Persuasions that considers how Romantic writers reconceived of the theory and practice of persuasion (as distinct from rational conviction) in the context of polarized socio-political debates, a new science of the mind, and an aesthetic turn against didacticism. The book makes a wider case for the concept’s centrality to Romantic literature and to literary theory and critical practice today. The project has received the support of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, USA, and Chawton House, England. Related work in progress includes essays for the Oxford Handbook of Romantic Prose and the Cambridge History of Rhetoric, and a co-edited collection entitled Persuasion after Rhetoric stemming from symposia co-organized in 2018 and 2019.

Solomonescu’s first book, John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination, advances the critical recovery of the 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 body and mind. 

Solomonescu serves as Reviews Co-Editor for the Keats-Shelley Journal. She also co-founded the John Thelwall Society and served from 2011­ to 2019 as its North American Officer. Before pursuing graduate studies in English, she studied journalism and interned at Time, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, and the Networks of Centres of Excellence. As a research assistant to the Canadian Senator Joan Fraser, she also worked on a Senate study of the Canadian news media.

Selected Publications

  • Emma and the ‘Chimera of Relativism.’” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 60.4 (2020). Forthcoming.
  • “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, 2018.
  • Ed., with Guillaume Ansart, Raphaël Ehrsam, and Catriona Seth. Enlightenment Liberties/Libertés des Lumières. Éditions Honoré Champion, 2018.
  • “Mary Shelley’s Fascinations: The Last Man.” Modern Philology 114.3 (2017).
  • “Four Letters by Annabella and Lucy Byron.” Keats-Shelley Journal (2016).
  • Percy Shelley’s Revolutionary Periods.” ELH 83.4 (Winter 2016).
  • “‘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

  • Visiting Fellowship, Chawton House Library, England, 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
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(574) 631-4144

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556