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Theresa M. Kelley received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Washington, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanties (NEH), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), University of Texas, University of Wisconsin—Madison and its Institute for Research in the Humanities.  She is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship and a John D. Simon Guggenheim fellowship for Clandestine Marriage: Botany and Romantic Culture, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in the fall of 2012. Her current research focuses on two book-length projects: a short monograph on the role of color and matter in botanical illustration around 1800, and Romantic Futures, an investigation of romantic writing about futurity after the Reign of Terror.  

She has written widely on aspects of Romanticism, late-eighteenth-century aesthetics and philosophy, and critical theory. She is also author of Wordsworth’s Revisionary Aesthetics (Cambridge 1988), co-editor of Romantic Women Writers: Voices and Countervoices (New England 1995), and Reinventing Allegory (Cambridge 1997), winner of the 1998 award for best scholarly book published in 1997 given by the South Central Modern Language Association.  She is co-director, with Richard Sha, of a developing on-line Gallery of Romantic Visual Culture to be housed on the Romantic Circles site.


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Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English
University of Wisconsin — Madison
7187 H.C. White Hall
600 Park Street, Madison, WI 53706-1475
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