©2019 by Alex Watson

​PUBLICATIONS

Recent major publications

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BRITISH ROMANTICISM IN ASIA

2019

British Romanticism in Asia: The Reception, Translation, and Transformation of Romantic Literature in India and East Asia (Palgrave Mcmillan), co-edited with Laurence Williams, is the first book-length study of how writers from India, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan (e.g. Sōseki, Tagore and Zhimo) appropriated canonical British Romantic authors (e.g. Austen, Blake, Byron and Shelley). This collection seeks to challenge the Eurocentric idea of Asian receptions as derivative, focusing instead on the active and creative ways these writers responded to Romanticism.​

ASIA-PACIFIC AND LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

2019-

Asia-Pacific and Literature in English Series (Palgrave Mcmillan) presents exciting and innovative academic research on Asia-Pacific interactions with Anglophone literary tradition. Its central focus is from the voyages of Captain Cook to the early twentieth century, but it will also consider previous encounters in the early modern period, as well as reception history continuing to the present day. I serve as one of the series co-editors along with Shun-liang Chao, Steve Clark, Tristanne Connolly and Laurence Williams. 

ROMANTIC MARGINALITY

2012

Romantic Marginality: Empire and Nation on the Margins of the Page (Routledge) is the first critical study of Romantic-era annotation or marginalia – footnotes, endnotes, and glossaries. Although most readers tend to find footnotes a nuisance, in the hands of these writers, annotation became a crucial location in which they could provoke enemies, call politicians to account and disseminate information about foreign cultures. Examining such margins not only draws our attention to neglected aspects of texts frequently deleted by later editors, but also asks us to reconsider our understanding of the printed book in our current age of hypertext and globalization. Fortunately, this monograph received many endorsements and positive reviews such as Essays in English Romanticism 39/40 (2015), 187-191; European Romantic Review 25.4 (2014), 485-491The BARS Review 44 (2014), 2-4Keats-Shelley Journal 62 (2013), 151-153; and TLS (The Times Literary Supplement) 5718 (2012), 31.

POETICA

2014

Poetica: An International Journal of
Linguistic-Literary Studies (Romantic Connections)
, 82 (2014)
, co-edited with Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey, represents some highlights from "Romantic Connections", a three-day supernumerary conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) that took place at the University of Tokyo in June 2014.  

MARGINAL IMPRINTS

2017

RUINS OF EMPIRE

2016