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William A. Ulmer specializes in British Romantic poetry and poetics, especially William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats.

Books authored

John Keats: Reimagining History. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

The Christian Wordsworth, 1798–1805. Albany: State U of New York P, 2001.

Shelleyan Eros: The Rhetoric of Romantic Love. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1990.

Books edited

Ezra Pound: The Legacy of Kulchur. With Marcel Smith. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1988.

Articles and Essays

"Tragic Consolation in 'Ode to a Nightingale,'"  Studies in Romanticism 55 (2016): 449-469.

"William Wordsworth and Philosophical Necessity," Studies in Philology 110 (2013): 169-199.

"Christabel and the Origin of Evil," rpt. of Studies in Philology article, in Harold Bloom ed. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Bloom's Modern Critical Views.  New York: Infobase Publishing, 2010. 171-202.

"Radical Similarity: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the Dejection Dialogue," ELH 76 (2009):189-213.

"Answering 'The Borderers' in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'" European Romantic Review 19 (2008): 233-46.

"Christabel and the Origin of Evil." Studies in Philology 104 (2007): 376-407.

"The Rhetorical Occasion of This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison." Romanticism 13 (2007): 15-27.

"The Creative Soul," excerpt from The Christian Wordsworth, 1798-1805 rpt. Stephen Gill, ed. The Prelude: A Casebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 259-91.

"The Alienation of the Elect in Coleridge's Unitarian Prophecies." The Review of English Studies n.s. 57 (2006): 526-44.

"Virtue of Necessity: Coleridge's Unitarian Moral Theory." Modern Philology 102 (2005): 372-404.

"Necessary Evils: Unitarian Theodicy in The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere." Studies in Romanticism 43 (2004): 327-56.

"Adonais and the Death of Poetry," abridged version of Studies in Romanticism article, rpt. Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats, New Casebook Series. Ed. Peter J. Kitson. New York: St. Martin's, 1996. 202-225.

"The Society of Death in Home at Grasmere." Philological Quarterly 75 (1996): 67-83.

"Wordsworth, the One Life, and The Ruined Cottage." Studies in Philology 93 (1996): 304-331.

"The Christian Wordsworth, 1798-1800." Journal of English and Germanic Philology 95 (1996): 336-358.

"Rousseau's Emile and Wordsworth's Drowned Man of Esthwaite." ELN 33 (1995): 15-19.

"The Politics of Reception," excerpt from Shelleyan Eros; The Rhetoric of Romantic Love, rpt. Michael O'Neill, ed. Shelley,  London: Longman, 1993. 103- 21.

"Adonais and the Death of Poetry." Studies in Romanticism 32 (1993): 425-51.

"Hellas and the Historical Uncanny." ELH 58 (1991): 611-32.

"The Politics of Metaphor in Shelley's Epipsychidion." JEGP 87 (1988): 535-57.

"M. H. Abrams." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 67. Ed. Gregory S. Jay. Detroit: Gale Research, 1988. 3-11.

"E. K. Brown's Matthew Arnold: A Study in Conflict." The Arnoldian 15 (1987-1988): 91-94.

"The Dantean Politics of The Prisoner of Chillon." Keats-Shelley Journal 35 (1986): 23-29.

"Romantic Modernity in Arnold's Tristram and Iseult." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 27 (1985): 62-85.

"The Bright Girdle of 'Dover Beach.'" ELN 22 (1985): 54-58.

"The Human Seasons: Arnold, Keats, and 'The Scholar-Gipsy.'" Victorian Poetry 22 1984): 247- 62.

"Some Hidden Want: Aspiration in 'To a Sky-Lark.'" Studies in Romanticism 23 (1984): 245- 58.

"'Thyrsis' and the Consolation of Natural Magic." The Arnoldian 12 (1984): 32-43.


In South Atlantic Review, JEGP, Criticism, Studies in Romanticism, The Wordsworth Circle, The Coleridge Bulletin, and Review19.