Romanticism, Literary Theory


Steven E. Cole received his B.A. from Goddard College in 1975, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1986. He has taught at St. Olaf College, Illinois  State University, Lafayette College, and Colorado State University. Since 1989 he has taught in the English Department at Temple University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research and professional interests include English romanticism, literary theory and the history of criticism, philosophy and literary theory, and the pedagogy of writing about literature. 

He has published articles on Paul de Man, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Donald Davidson, and the politics of recent criticism of English romanticism. These articles have appeared in three scholarly journals – Studies in Romanticism, Criticism, and Modern Philology – and four collections of essays published as books. He thinks that of these publications, his general scholarly interests are best reflected in an article, "The Scrutable Subject: Davidson, Literary Theory, and the Claims of Knowledge," which was part of a collection of essays on the American philosopher Donald Davidson called "Literary Theory After Davidson".

Courses Taught

  • English Romanticism
  • History of Criticism
  • Contemporary Criticism
  • Romantic Narrative and the Burden of Enlightenment (Capstone)
  • Subjectivity and the Aesthetics of the Beautiful (Capstone)
  • Literature and Criticism