Noah Heringman

Noah Heringman
Curators' Professor of English
330 Tate Hall

PhD 1998, Harvard University

Research and Teaching

Romanticism, literature and science, critical theory


Noah Heringman teaches courses on British Romanticism, literature and science, poetic genres, and critical theory. He has completed three scholarly monographs: Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology (Cornell University Press, 2004); Sciences of Antiquity: Romantic Antiquarianism, Natural History, and Knowledge Work (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Deep Time: A Literary History (Princeton University Press, 2023). He has also edited or co-edited several collections of essays and journal volumes, including Romantic Science: The Literary Forms of Natural History (2003); Romantic Writing and Ecological Knowledge (2023);  Romantic Theories of Life: Between Living and Nonliving (2019), co-edited with Richard C. Sha; and Romantic Antiquarianism (2014) and Ancient Objects and New Media (2022), both co-edited with Crystal B. Lake. Heringman has published articles in Representations, Studies in Romanticism, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and other journals, as well as numerous book chapters. In 2017, Heringman and Lake received a three-year Scholarly Editions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Vetusta Monumenta, which they co-edit with Katharina Boehm. The first volume was completed in 2019 and the project received an additional one-year NEH grant in 2021. Heringman’s research has also been supported by fellowships from the Huntington Library (2000-2001) and the National Humanities Center (2014-2015).

Selected Publications

Recent Articles

“The Discovery of the Past,” The Cambridge History of European Romantic Literature, ed. Patrick Vincent (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023), 41-72.

“Romantic Priority Claims, or Who Has Priority in Deep Time?”, European Romantic Review 34.3 (June 2023): 383-96.

"Introduction: Romantic Writing and Ecological Knowledge," Studies in Romanticism 62.1 (Spring 2023): 1-7.  

"Antiquarian Media Ecologies in the Eighteenth Century" (co-authored with Crystal B. Lake), Modern Philology 120.1 (August 2022): 1-23.

“The Rocks Must Be Strange,” LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture 12 (2020): 94-99.

“Primitive Arts and Sciences and the Body of Knowledge in Blake’s Epics,” William Blake: Modernity and Disaster, ed. Tilottama Rajan and Joel Faflak (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2020), 30-53.

“Vom Uranfänglichen und Primitiven: Zur Vorgeschichte der ‘Tiefenzeit,’” Erdgeschichten: Literatur und Geologie im langen 19. Jahrhundert, ed. Peter Schnyder (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2020), 29-45.

Online Publications