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Clifford Siskin

Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English and American Literature; Director, The Re:Enlightenment Project at New York University and the New York Public Library;

Ph.D. 1978, M.A. 1975, University of Virginia; B.A. 1972 Stanford University.

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street room 815 New York, New York (US) 10003

Office Hours: 

ON LEAVE Spring 2015


(212) 998-8853


(212) 995-4019

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Literary, social, and technological change, 1700-1850 (British); print culture and digital culture; literary theory and genre theory; the organization of knowledge.

External Affiliations:

Co-editor, Palgrave Studies in Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Cultures of Print; Editorial and Advisory Boards--Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Literature and History, Genre, Novel, Studies in the Novel, Encyclopedia of Romanticism, Corvey Project on Women's Writing; Member--MLA, ASECS, BARS, NASSR, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society.


Clifford Siskin is the Henry W. and Alfred A. Berg Professor of English and American Literature at New York University and the Director of The Re:Enlightenment Project. His subject is the interrelations of literary, social, and technological change, with a particular emphasis on print culture: both its historical formation and its current remediation in the face of the electronic and the digital. Links between past and present inform all of his work, from his sequencing of the genres of subjectivity (The Historicity of Romantic Discourse, Oxford) to his recovery of literature's role in the formation of the modern disciplines (The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change in Britain 1700-1830, Hopkins). He is also co-editor, with William Warner, of This Is Enlightenment, a volume that offers an answer to the question Kant made famous: What is Enlightenment? (Chicago, 2010). His latest monograph asks when and how the central genre of Enlightenment became the thing that we now love to blame: the SYSTEM (MIT, 2016). Professor Siskin is also co-editor, with Anne Mellor, of the Palgrave-Macmillan monograph series in "Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print." He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1978 and has been the George Delacorte Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, the A. C. Bradley Chair at the University of Glasgow, the Waynflete Lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and Chair of English at SUNY Stony Brook.


Waynflete Lecturer and Honorary Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford; Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow University, Fellow, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University; Visiting Scholar, Stanford Humanities Center; Roger Henkle Memorial Lecturer, Brown University; Elected to Executive Committees--Late Eighteenth-Century Division MLA, Romantic Division MLA, British Association for Romantic Studies.

Updated on 01/23/2017