Dr. Brian Bates

Full-Time Lecturer With Joint Appointment in English & Interdisciplinary Studies Departments.


Email: brbates@calpoly.edu



English Secondary Education License, MSU Denver, 2015                         

Ph.D., University of Denver, 2005

M.A., Clark University, 2000

B.A., University of Delaware, cum laude 1998



18th & 19th-Century Literature & Culture

British & Anglophone Literature

Interdisciplinary Theories of Teaching & Learning

Composition & Rhetoric

Popular Culture & Media Studies



ENGL 134: Writing & Rhetoric

ENGL 145: Reasoning, Argumentation & Writing

ENGL 231: Masterworks of British Literature: Late 18th-Century to Contemporary

ENGL 333: British Literature in the Age of Romanticism

ISLA 201: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

ISLA 240: Introduction to Media Arts & Technology

ISLA 303: Values & Technology


PUBLICATIONS (Peer Reviewed)

Book Monograph

Wordsworth’s Poetic Collections, Supplementary Writing and Parodic Reception. The

History of the Book. Series Ed. Ann R. Hawkins. London: Routledge, Pickering &

Chatto, Summer 2012.  https://www.routledge.com/products/9781848931961

(Reviewed in Studies in Romanticism; Romanticism; British Association for

Romantic Studies Bulletin; Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and

Publishing; Review 19; Cercles: Review Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Angleterre)

Edited Journal Volumes

Bicentennial Essays on Keats's 1820 Volume. Special Issue in European Romantic

Review. General Eds. Lucy Morrison and Benjamin Colbert. 33.2 (April, 2022).

Keats in Popular Culture. Romantic Circles Praxis Series. Editor & Introductory Essay,

“Keats in Between.” Series Ed. Orrin Wang. September, 2020.


With Tess Somerville. Teaching Romanticism: Miltonic Legacies. Romantic

Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, Teaching. Series Ed. Daniel

Cook. February, 2017. http://www.romtext.org.uk/teaching-romanticism-xvii-miltonic-legacies/

Journal Articles

"Refreshing Keats's Lamia Volume." Introduction to Special Issue

Bicentennial Essays on Keats's 1820 Volume. Edited by Brian Bates. 

European Romantic Review. 33.2 (April 2022): 131-35

"Hyperion's Asterisks: Seeing Stars and Star Power."

Bicentennial Essays on Keats's 1820 Volume. Edited by Brian Bates.

European Romantic Review 33.2 (April 2022): 267-82

The River Duddon Volume’s Golden Ratio Wheel and ‘Spiraling’ Orbicular Sonnets.”

Wordsworth and The River Duddon: Bicentenary Readings. Ed. Philip Shaw. The

Wordsworth Circle 51.1 (Winter 2020): 1-19.

“Wordsworth, Milton, and the Sonnet as Epic Prelude: A Response to Stephen Fallon

and Henry Weinfield. Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate 28 (Dec. 2019).



“Milton’s Satan, Sin, Death & Gothic Romanticism.” Miltonic Legacies. Romantic

Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, Teaching. Eds. Brian Bates &

Tess Somerville. Series Ed. Daniel Cook. February, 2017.


“Graphic & Digital Keats: ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ in Poetry Comics.” Archives On

Fire. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 16.1 (March 2016).


“J.H. Reynolds Re-Echoes the Wordsworthian Reputation: ‘Peter Bell,’ Remaking the

Work and Mocking the Man.” Studies in Romanticism 47.3 (Fall 2008): 273-297.

“Wordsworth, Milton, and Parodic Sonnets.” Appositions: Studies in Early Modern

Literature & Culture. Volume I: Genres & Cultures (Spring 2008): 


“‘Welcome joy, and welcome sorrow’: Fancy, Imagination, and Keats’s Re-Visioning

of ‘L’Allegro’ and ‘Il Penseroso.’” The CEA Critic 67.3 (Summer 2005): 15-27.

“Wordsworth’s Library of Babel: Bibliomania, the 1814 Excursion, and the 1815

Poems.” Romantic Textualities: Literature & Print Culture, 1780-1840 14 (Summer

2005): http://www.romtext.org.uk/articles/cc14_n01/

Book Chapters

Teaching Frakenstein as Pastiche, Parody, and Adaptation in the General Education

Frankenstein and Steam: Essays for Charles E. Robinson. Ed. Robin Hammerman. U. of

Delaware Press, 2022. 135-44

Keats’s Negative Capability: On Pantomime & “Irritable Reaching.” Negative

Capability: New Origins & Afterlives. Eds. Brian Rejack & Michael Theune. Liverpool

UP, 2019. 15-30.

“Activating ‘Tintern Abbey’ in 1815.” Engaged Romanticism: Romanticism as Praxis.

Eds. Mark Lussier and Bruce Matsunaga. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 69-81.

“Opening up Chapter 13 of Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria: Reception, Humor, and

English Character.” Double Vision: Literary Palimpsests of the 18th- and 19th-

Centuries. Ed. Darby Lewes. Lexington Books, 2008. 83-102.

Reprinted Articles

“‘Welcome joy, and welcome sorrow’: Fancy, Imagination, and Keats’s Re-Visioning

of ‘L’Allegro’ and ‘Il Penseroso.’” Poetry Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 96. 

Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2009. 309-316. Reprinted from CEA Critic.

Book Reviews

Keats’s Anatomy of Melancholy: Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other

Poems (1820), by R.S. White. Edinburgh UP, 2020. The Keats-Shelley Journal 68

(Forthcoming, Fall 2021).

Romanticism and Caricature, by Ian Haywood. NY: Cambridge UP, 2013. Review 19  

(December 2014). http://www.nbol-19.org/view_doc.php?index=371

Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels, by

Ian Hague. NY: Routledge, 2014. ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 7.4

(December 2014). http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v7_4/bates/

Shakespeare and the Culture of Romanticism, ed. Joseph Ortiz. Restoration &

Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 28.2 (November 2014): 109-12.

A Short History of Celebrity, by Fred Inglis, and Fashioning Celebrity: 18th-Century

British Actresses and Strategies for Image Making, by Laura Engel. Restoration &

Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 26.1-2 (Summer 2010): 109-113.   

Wordsworth Writing, by Andrew Bennet. Romantic Circles (Summer 2009).


Theater and Nation in Eighteenth-Century Germany, by Michael J. Sosulski.

Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 23.1 (Summer 2008): 82-84.

Authorship and Appropriation, by Paulina Kewes; Playwrights and Plagiarists in Early

Modern England, by Laura J. Rosenthal; and Theatre of the Book: 1480-1880, by Julie

Stone Peters. Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 16.1 (Summer

2001): 61-64.



“Yet I ride the little horse.” In ‘Remember me to all friends’: A Collective

Valediction for Keats. The Keats Letters Project. 30 November 2020.


“Keats, Negative Capability, and the Pantomime. The Keats Letters Project. 27

December 2017. http://keatslettersproject.com/correspondence/keats-negative-




Book Monograph (Positive Peer Review Report on Proposal &

Sample Chapter)

Keats’s Authorial Play. Liverpool UP. Romantic Reconfigurations: Studies in

Literature & Culture, 1780-1850. Series Eds. Tim Fulford & Alan Vardy. Projected

Publication, 2024.



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