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Jordana Rosenberg received an MA and PhD from Cornell University, and a BA from Wesleyan University. Professor Rosenberg is the recipient of a Society for the Humanities Fellowship from Cornell University (2013-2014), and an Ahmanson-Getty Fellowship from the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies at UCLA (2009- 2010), as well as a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Award, the Catherine Macaulay Prize, and a William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Joint Fellowship Award. Professor Rosenberg's fields of research and teaching include eighteenth-century transatlantic literature and poetry, moral philosophy, political theory, early modern materialism, Marxism, and secularization.
Professor Rosenberg is the author of Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion. Critical Enthusiasm argues that the Atlantic world of the long eighteenth century was characterized by two major, interrelated phenomena: the onset of capital accumulation and the infusion of traditions of radical enthusiastic rapture into Enlightenment discourses of aesthetics, jurisprudence, and political philosophy. In exploring these cross-pollinations, Critical Enthusiasm shows that debates around religious radicalism are bound to the advent of capitalism at its very root: as legal precedent, as financial rhetoric, and as aesthetic form. As a result, Rosenberg argues, we must not only contextualize histories of religion in terms of the economic landscape of early modernity, but also recast the question of secularization in terms of the contradictions of capitalism.
Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)
Queer Studies and the Crisis of Capitalism, co-editor Amy Villarejo, GLQ, 18.1
Apertures of Enclosure: The Form of Dispossession in the Ages of Finance
(book in progress)
The Dispossessed Eighteenth Century, a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, co-edited with Chi-ming Yang (January 2014)
"Framing Finance: Rebellion, Dispossession, and the Geopolitics of Enclosure in Samuel Delany's Nevèrÿon Series," with Britt Rusert (forthcoming in Radical History Review 118)
"Queerness, Norms, Utopia" (with Amy Villarejo), GLQ 18.1, December 2011
"Accumulate! Accumulate! That is Moses and the Prophets!: Secularism, Historicism, and the Critique of Enthusiasm," The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol 51.4 (Winter 2010)
"The Terrestrial Transatlantic: Ground Rent and Capital Accumulation in Dorset and the Carolina Colony," in Teaching the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century, eds. Jennifer Frangos and Cristobal Silva, Cambridge Scholars Press, January 2011.
"Serious Innovation: A Conversation with Judith Butler," in The Blackwell Companion to GLBT/Q Studies Reader (Blackwell Publishing, August 2007).
"The Bosom of the Bourgeoisie: Edgeworth's Belinda ," ELH , vol. 70, no. 2 (Summer 2003)
"Butler 's 'Lesbian Phallus' or, What Can Deconstruction Feel?" GLQ 9.3 (Spring 2003)
“The Pocket Encyclopedia of Revolutionary Violence, for the Years 1066-2092; vol 1, entry 1; They That Died in the Water, The Maidens Washed Their Bodies at the Shore,” The Common # 5, April 2013
"The Future Historical Perspective: Mieville's Queer Duree," (review essay of China Mieville's Iron Council), GLQ 16.5
"Reading Lessons: Rasselas with The Matrix," (short essay on eighteenth-century pedagogy and film theory), The Johnsonian Newsletter 55, no. 1 (March 2004)