Russell Sbriglia .

 

Russell Sbriglia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Literature Studies
Department of English

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Russell Sbriglia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Literature Studies
Department of English

I study American literature of the long nineteenth century (1776-1914), focusing in particular on the philosophical and politico-ideological roots of the literature of the early national and antebellum periods. I am the author of the forthcoming book American Romanticism and the Materiality of Transcendence: Five Hegelian Variations, which looks at how American Romantics like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Margaret Fuller, and Walt Whitman engaged German Idealist thought in order to articulate the contours of a philosophy I call "transcendental materialism"—a philosophy according to which the transcendental is generated out of the material (rather than philosophy's typical positing of the vice versa). I am also the editor of the book Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Žižek, a collection of essays on Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek and literary criticism and theory, as well as co-editor (with Žižek) of the forthcoming book Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism.