Charles Rzepka


BA, University of Michigan
MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Editor, Studies in Romanticism

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Teaching and Research Interests
  • British Romanticism
  • Detective and crime fiction
  • History of science
  • Socioeconomic and gift theory
Selected Publications
  • Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard (2013)
  • Co-editor, Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction (2010)
  • Detective Fiction (2005)
  • Sacramental Commodities: Gift, Text, and the Sublime in De Quincey (1995)
  • The Self as Mind: Vision and Identity in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats (1986)
  • “Race, Region, Rule: Genre and the Case of Charlie Chan,” PMLA (2007)
  • “Pictures of the Mind: Iron and Charcoal, ‘Ouzy’ Tides and ‘Vagrant Dwellers’ at Tintern, 1798,” Studies in Romanticism (2003)
  • “‘Cortez—or Balboa, or Somebody Like That’: Form, Fact, and Forgetting in Keats’s ‘Chapman’s Homer’ Sonnet,” Keats-Shelley Journal (2002)
  • Obi: An edited online volume of taped performances and essays, Romantic Praxis (2002)
  • “The Feel of Not to Feel It,” PMLA (2001)
  • “Bang Up! Theatricality and the ‘Diphrelatic Art’ in De Quincey’s English Mail-Coach,” Nineteenth-Century Prose (2001)
  • “‘I’m in the Business Too’: Gothic Chivalry, Private Eyes, and Proxy Sex and Violence in Chandler’s The Big Sleep,” Modern Fiction Studies (2000)
  • “Elizabeth Bishop and the Wordsworth of Lyrical Ballads: Sentimentalism, Straw Men, and Misprision,” Romantic Praxis (1999)
  • “Thomas De Quincey’s ‘Three-Fingered Jack’: The West Indian Origins of the ‘Dark Interpreter,’” European Romantic Review (1997)
  • “‘If I Can Make it There’: Oz’s Emerald City and the New Woman,” Studies in Popular Culture (1987)


Work in Progress
  • Book: Lyrical Empiricism, on crime fiction and dramatic monologue
Honors, Grants, and Awards
  • Boston University Scholar/Teacher of the Year (2006)
  • Best Article Prize, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (2005)
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Keats-Shelley Association (2004)
  • Best Essay Prize, Keats-Shelley Association (2003)
  • Boston University Humanities Foundation Grant (2000)
  • NEH Fellow (1990)
  • Thomas J. Wilson Prize, Harvard UP (1984)
  • NEH Planning Grant for Curriculum Development (1983)
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