Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Benson Science Hall 401
- Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2007
- M.A. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2003
- B.A. in English and Philosophy, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 2001
- British Romanticism
- Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
- Islam and Romantic Orientalism
- Critical Theory
- Postcolonial Theory and Interpretation
- Transnational/Transoceanic Studies
- Romanticism Re-Oriented: Indian Authors and English Literary Culture, 1770-1830 (in progress)
- Undergraduate Courses for fall 2013:
- English 288: Transnational Encounters with Islam in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature.
- English 274 Honors: William Blake and Enlightenment Media
- Course blog site: http://williamblakeandenlightenmentmedia.wordpress.com
- Co-organizer of the Public Square Speaker’s series, Vanderbilt University English Department, 2012-2014.
- Co-organizer for the 18th/19th Century Colloquium, The Warren Penn Center, Vanderbilt University, 2012-2014.
- Member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2009-2014
- Bibliographer for Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (Routledge), 2008-present.
- The Group of Early Modern Cultural Studies
- The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
- The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- The Modern Language Association
- National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipend Fellowship, June through August 2012
- Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2011-2012
- Huntington Library Mayers Fellowship, 2011-12
- Research Scholar Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2010-11.
- Clark Library/Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies Short-Term Fellowship, 2010.
- Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2010-11.
- Research Scholar Grant, Vanderbilt University, Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Education, 2008-09.
- Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship, 2005-07.
- University Fellowship, University of Illinois, fall 2005, 2006-7.
- Journal Articles:
- “The Transports of Lascar Specters: Dispossessed Indian Sailors in Women’s Romantic Poetry.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (accepted; forthcoming in 2014).
- “Blake, Swedenborg, and Muhammad: The Prophet Tradition, Revisited.” Journal of Religion and Literature. 44.2 (2013): 34-65.
- “A Hungarian Revolution in Restoration England: Henry Stubbe, Radical Islam, and the Rye House Plot.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. 51.1-2 (2010): 1-25.
- “The Hermetic Tradition of Arabic Islam and the Colonial Politics of Landor’s Gebir.” Studies in Romanticism. 46.4 (2007): 433-459.
- “In the Name of the ‘Incestuous Mother’: Islam and Excremental Protestantism in De Quincey’s Infidel Book.” The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. 7.2 (2007): 57-87.
- Chapters in edited volumes:
- “‘To strike out a New Path’: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Astell, and the Politics of the Imperial Harem.” Under the Veil: Spirituality and Feminism in Post-Reformation Britain and Europe. Ed. Katherine M. Quinsey (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), 113-144.
- “Turning Turk, Turning Heretic: Joseph Pitts of Exeter and the Early Enlightenment, 1670-1740.” Britain and the Muslim World: Historical Perspectives. Ed. Gerald MacLean (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011), 85-101.
- Book Reviews:
- Rev. of Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel, by Srinivas Aravamudan. Comparative Literature (accepted; forthcoming in 2013).
- Rev. of Staging Islam in England: Drama and Culture, 1640-1685, by Matthew Birchwood. Seventeenth-Century News. 67.3-4 (2009): 145-148.
- “Debunking William Hazlitt’s Liberal Myth: Public Print Culture in the Long Counter-revolution,” Rev. of Writing Against Revolution: Literary Conservatism in Britain, 1790-1832, by Kevin Gilmartin. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 48 (2007).
Humberto Garcia is an Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University who specializes in British Romanticism and eighteenth-century literature, with a focus on Romantic Orientalism, postcolonial criticism, and global/transnational studies. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, along with a certificate in Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Based on his dissertation work, his research examines the formative role played by Islam in shaping radical Enlightenment critiques of church and state in early modern England. A corrective addendum to Edward Said’s Orientalism, his book, titled Islam and the English Enlightenment, 1670-1840 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), shows that Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Edmund Burke, Samuel T. Coleridge, Robert Southey, and Percy and Mary Shelley not only were influenced by international events in the Muslim world but also saw in that world and its history a viable path to interrogate, contest, and redefine British concepts of liberty. He has published numerous articles on this subject in peer-reviewed journals such as Studies in Romanticism and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. He has also presented at many national and international conferences. He is currently working on a second book project, "Romanticism Re-Oriented: Indian Authors and English Literary Culture, 1770-1830," which considers how Indian authors as diverse as Sake Dean Mahomet, Ghulam Husain, Mirza Abu Taleb Khan, Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, and Kasiprasad Ghosh revitalized English literary genres, such as the Oriental tale, by fusing them with Indo-Persian literary styles and forms. His book project promises to revise eighteenth-century and Romantic literary history by foregrounding the dialogical emergence of modern Orientalism across national, linguistic, religious, and geographical boundaries.
In general, his teaching and research seek to encourage cross-cultural dialogue between East and West, post-9/11, drawing attention to the formative role played by nonwestern cultures in shaping enlightenment discourses during the long eighteenth century, 1660-1840. His work is inspired by his life-long romantic quest for the sublime in nature, an imaginative well-spring for creating knowledge that re-connects disparate ethnicities, religions, and nations.