Jamison Kantor's research focuses on British Romantic literature, the development of nineteenth-century political economy and the articulation of social progress and conservation in representations of the age. He is working on two book projects. The first book, The Life of Honor: Dignity, Inequality and Romanticism, argues that a conservative, hierarchical notion of honor found in Romantic writing was matched by a modern, leveling discourse of honor perpetuated in part by the "financial" novel, juridical slave narratives and radical lyric poetry. The Life of Honor attempts to frame a major contradiction in the emerging liberal state and its literatures, which oftentimes placed individual freedom above dignity. Kantor's second book concerns technology, automation and the vexed idea of progress from 1750 to 1850. In a recent essay derived from a chapter of that book, Kantor argues that an ode from John Keats rejects the idea of poetic use-value and hints at a "fully automated luxury" utopia to which we might look forward.
Kantor's articles have been featured in, and are forthcoming from, S.E.L., Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation and PMLA.
Before coming to Ohio State, Kantor was a visiting assistant professor at Colby College and a lecturer at Georgetown University. He is delighted to work with students interested in nineteenth-century literature, the intersection of politics and aesthetics and the representation of technology in media.
- “Immortality, Romanticism and the Limit of the Liberal Imagination,” PMLA. (Forthcoming)
- “Horace Walpole and the Fate of Finance,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, vol. 58, no. 2, 2017, 135-55.
- “Say, What is Honor: Wordsworth and the Value of Honor,” Nineteenth-Century Literature vol. 71, no. 1, 2016, 1-36.
- “Burke, Godwin and the Politics of Honor,” S.E.L.: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 vol. 54, no. 3, 2014, 675-96.
Review of British Romanticism and the Critique of Political Reason by Timothy Michael, Studies in Romanticism, vol. 56, no. 2, 2017, 293-7.
Jamison Kantor's CV