James Engell

James Engell

Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature
James Engell

James Engell is Gurney Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature, also a member of the Committee on the Study of Religion, and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.  He has also directed dissertations in American Studies.

Education:  B.A. 1973, Ph.D. 1978 Harvard

Interests: Eighteenth Century and Restoration; Romanticism; Criticism and Critical Theory; Rhetoric; Environmental Studies

Selected Works: The Call of Classical Literature in the Romantic Age (2017, ed. with K. P. Van Anglen, and contributor, "The Other Classic: Hebrew Shapes British and American Literature and Culture."  William Wordsworth's Prelude (1805), edited from the manuscripts and fully illustrated in color (2016, ed. with Michael D. Raymond).  Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (2008, ed. with Adelson, Ranalli, and Van Anglen). Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money (2005, with Anthony Dangerfield).  The Committed Word: Literature and Public Values (1999).  Coleridge: The Early Family Letters (1994, ed.).  Forming the Critical Mind(1989).  Johnson and His Age (1984, ed. and contributor).  Biographia Literaria for the Collected Coleridge(1983, ed. with W. Jackson Bate).  The Creative Imagination:  Enlightenment to Romanticism (1981).

During Spring Term 2023 and Spring Term 2024 Prof. Engell will be on a planned retirement program release and will retire fully from active teaching as of July 2024.  


Contact Information

Barker Center 272
p: 617-495-5055
Office Hours: Fall Term 2022 office hours are Thursdays 3:00-4:30 and by appointment.