David Edward Simpson F'10

David Edward Simpson
Distinguished Professor
English
University of California, Davis

ACLS Fellowship Program 2010
Professor
English
University of California, Davis
Strangers in the House: Home and World in Romantic Literature

This is a study of British Romantic attitudes to strangers and foreigners, with specific attention to the rhetorical features staging the foreign and responding to it: translation and incorporation of foreign sources, use of exotic footnotes, and theories of figuration, especially metaphor (“translatio,” carrying across). This approach places writers like Southey, Campbell, Moore, and Hemans at the center of attention, while opening up fresh ways of looking at the more widely-discussed writers (Austen, Wordsworth, and Scott).