James Engell

James Engell

Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature
(On leave Spring 2023)

Education: B.A., Harvard University (1973)
Ph.D., Harvard University (1978)

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

Selected Works:
The Call of Classical Literature in the Romantic Age, co-edited with K. P. Van Anglen (2017); The Prelude by William Wordsworth, newly edited from the manuscripts and fully illustrated in color (2016); Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (2008); 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); Forming the Critical Mind (1989); ed. and contributor, Johnson and His Age (1984); ed. (with W. J. Bate) Biographia Literaria for the Collected Coleridge (1983); The Creative Imagination (1981).


I welcome conversation with first-generation students; any students who feel overwhelmed, or students who somehow feel that they don't belong at Harvard

Contact Information

Office: Barker 272
Thursdays 3:00-4:30 and by appointment; glad to make an appointment if the hours don’t fit your schedule.