Michael Gamer

[photo of Prof. Gamer]
Professor of English
Faculty Master, Harrison College House
Contact Information
Office Location: 
127 Fisher-Bennett Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment. Most weeks, you can also find me in the mezzanine of Harrison College House at around 8pm.

Michael Gamer is author of Romanticism and the Gothic: Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation (Cambridge, 2000) and Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry (Cambridge, 2017), Associate Editor of the journal EIR: Essays in Romanticism, and editor of Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto (Penguin, 2002) and Charlotte Smith's Manon L'Escaut and the Romance of Real Life (Pickering and Chatto, 2005). Essays on poetic collections, book history, gender and performance, the novel, pornography, print culture, authorship, and dramas of spectacle have appeared in MLQ, PMLA, Novel, ELH, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Studies in Romanticism, and other journals. He is recipient of the Ira Abrams, Lindback, College of General Studies, David Delaura, and Alan Filreis awards for distinguished teaching.

He works on collaboration and is fond of collaborative work, which has included a collaborative book (with the Multigraph Collective), Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Age of Print Saturation, 1700-1900 (Chicago, 2018); an edition (with Dahlia Porter), Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800 (Broadview, 2008); an anthology (with Jeffrey N. Cox), The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Drama (Broadview, 2003); and  a special issue of Romanticism on the Net (with Laura Mandell) way back in 1996. Written with Terry Robinson, "Mary Robinson and the Dramatic Art of the Comeback"won the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association 2010 prize for best article. Current projects and collaborations include a monograph (A History of British Theatre: Staged Conflicts), an edited collection (volume 5 of the Bloomsbury Cultural History of Tragedy, with Diego Saglia), a scholarly edition (The Works of Ann Radcliffe, with Angela Wright), and a digital database (The Penn Playbill Project, with Scott Enderle).