Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)

The Book of God: Secularization and Design in the Romantic Era (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)

Read the introduction: [PDF]

RECENT ARTICLES [from now on I will be uploading essays to my page, which you can find here]

“Crossing the Line: Blasphemy, Time, and Anonymity, Qui Parle 22.2 (2014) [PDF]

“Common Quiet: Tolerance Around 1688,” ELH 79.3 (Fall 2012) [PDF]

Can We Talk About Consciousness Again?Romantic Circles Praxis volume on “Romantic Frictions,” September 2011.

“Shelley After Atheism,” Studies in Romanticism 49.4 (Winter 2010).  [PDF]

     (winner of the Keats-Shelley Association annual award for best essay in romantic studies)

“This Detail, This History: Charles Taylor’s Romanticism,” Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age, ed. Michael Warner, Jonathan VanAntwerpen, Craig Calhoun (Harvard University Press, 2010). [PDF]

“The Demands of the Day,” Pedagogy 10.1 (2010). [PDF]

“Introduction: Secularism, Cosmopolitanism, and Romanticism,” a special issue of Romantic Circles Praxis, ed. Colin Jager, August, 2008.  Essays by Paul Hamilton, Mark Canuel, Colin Jager, Bruce Robbins.

Byron and Romantic OccidentalismRomantic Circles Praxis, August, 2008.

“Romanticism/Secularization/Secularism,” Blackwell Literature Compass 5, 2008. [PDF]

“A Poetics of Dissent; or, Pantisocracy in America,” Theory and Event 10:1 (2007). [PDF]

“After the Secular: The Subject of Romanticism,” Public Culture 18.2 (2006). [PDF]

Mansfield Park and the End of Natural Theology,” Modern Language Quarterly 63.1 (2002).[PDF]


Cognition, Culture, Romanticism: A Review Essay,” (on Lisa Zunshine, Cognitive Cultural Studies, and Alan Richardson, The Neural Sublime), co-written with John Savarese, in Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, May 2010.

Review of David Collings, Monstrous Society, in The Wordsworth Circle, 41.4 (Autumn 2010) [PDF]

Review of Paul Hamilton, Metaromanticism: Literature, Aesthetics, Theory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), Romantic Circles, October 2009.

Review of Matthew J. A. Green, Visionary Materialism in the Early Works of William Blake (Palgrave 2005), European Romantic Review, July 2008. [PDF]

Review of Peter Knox-Shaw, Jane Austen and the Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2004), 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era vol. 13 (2006). [PDF]


Pussy Riot’s Punk PrayerThe Immanent Frame, September 2012

An interview at The Immanent Frame (October, 2010).

Video of “Romanticism, Enlightenment, and Counter-Enlightenment,” a Roundtable discussion at the Philoctetes Center, New York City, April 2010.  (participants: Akeel Bilgrami, Taylor Carman, Garrett Deckel, Colin Jager, Joel Whitebook)

3 Quarks Daily web seminar on Akeel Bilgrami’s “Enlightenment and Disenchantment.” (2008)