Eric Gidal

University of Iowa

Eric Gidal's teaching and scholarship stem from his interest in British and European romanticism as a mode of artistic expression rooted in the intellectual, technological, and cultural developments of the eighteenth century. He teaches courses in eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century literature, poetic form, and aesthetic theory. His scholarship explores the relationship between literature and the visual arts, the emergence of the aesthetic as a secular category of ethical experience and communal identity, the affective dimension of national ideologies and the public sphere, and the implications of current environmental concerns for understanding literary celebrations of autonomy and civil society. Dr. Gidal is also Editor of the University of Iowa's Philological Quarterly.