Dr Alexander Freer, Trinity



Biographical Information

I'm a research fellow at Trinity College. I grew up near Manchester, and studied English at Warwick (BA) and Cambridge (MPhil in 18th century and Romantic literature, PhD in English). I began a Title A Research Fellowship (JRF) in English at Trinity in October 2015. For the academic year 2017-18 I was lecturer in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature at the University of East Anglia.

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in poetry and poetics from the romantic period to the present (William Wordsworth and Percy Shelley in particular), literary theory (psychoanalytic theory, especially French; queer theory; phenomenology) and the history of criticism.

I am currently preparing a monograph, Wordsworth’s Unremembered Pleasure, which studies the role of forgotten and unnoticed pleasure in Wordsworth's poetry and prose. I am also working on a second project on self-love and narcissism.

I currently teach, or have recently taught, in the following areas: British romantic poetry, long eighteenth century literature, culture and philosophy, Victorian literature, the history of criticism, literary theory, and literature and psychoanalysis.


Selected Publications


‘A Genealogy of Narcissism: Shelley’s Self-Love’ forthcoming in Nineteenth Century Literature

‘Percy Shelley’s touch, or, lyric depersonalization’ forthcoming in Modern Philology

‘The Poetics of Dreams’ forthcoming in Critical Quarterly

‘Poetics Contra Psychoanalysis’ forthcoming in Poetics Today

Shelley’s Vestimentary Poetics Philosophy and Literature 42 (2), 292–310, 2018.

Faith in Reading: Revisiting the Midrash–Theory connectionParagraph 39 (3), 335–357, 2016.

Rhythm as CopingNew Literary History 46 (3), 549-568, 2015.

Wordsworth and the Infancy of AffectionStudies in Romanticism 54 (1), 79-100, 2015.

Wordsworth and the poetics of disappointment’ Textual Practice 28 (6), 1123-1144, 2014.

Musicality and the Limits of Meaning in Wordsworth and Kant’ Paragraph 36 (3), 324-343, 2013.

‘Love-Runes We Cannot Speak: Sacred and Profane Love in The Pentecost CastleLiterature and Theology 26 (2), 199-213, 2012.


Book Reviews

Thomas De Quincey and the Cognitive Unconscious’ Romantic Circles Reviews and Receptions October 2016

Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory: Knowledge, Language, Experience’ European journal of English studies 18 (3), 339 - 341, 2014