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Tony Rosso, PH.D.

Tony Rosso

Professor of English

British Romanticism, 18th Century Literature

Office: Engleman Hall D246
Phone: 203.392.6744





Ph.D., British Romantic Period, University of Maryland
M.A., English Literature, San Francisco State University
B.A., English Literature, Ohio State University

About Professor Rosso

My courses are in the British Romantic period, the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, the English Epic, the English Novel, and the Literature of the Old and New Testaments. My research and publications focus on the poetry and art of William Blake, particularly Blake’s relationship to John Milton, the English Bible, and the British Empire.

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 458—British Romantic Poetry
ENG 444—18th-Century British Lit
ENG 487—Seminar: Epic in England
ENG 331—The English Novel to 1900
LIT 302--Literature of the New Testament

LIT 301—Literature of the Old Testament 
ENG 217—Intro to Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Milton.” In Blake in Context, edited by Sarah Haggarty. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2018.

The Religion of Empire: Political Theology in Blake’s Prophetic Symbolism. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2016. 

“Rereading Blake’s ‘London’”. In Picturing the Language of Images. Ed. Nancy Pedri and Laurence Petit. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013. 367-80.

“The Last Strumpet: Harlotry and Hermaphroditism in Blake’s Rahab.” In Blake, Gender andCulture, ed. Helen P. Bruder and Tristanne J. Connolly. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012.

Review. Blake and the Bible, by Christopher Rowland, Romantic Circles Reviews, 29 July, 2011.

“Popular Millenarianism and Empire in Blake’s Night Thoughts”. In Blake, Modernity and Popular Culture. Ed. Steve Clark and Jason Whitaker. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.

"The Religion of Empire: Blake's Rahab in its Biblical Contexts.” English Romantic Poetry. Edited Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2004.