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The 18/19 group will host Dr. Yohei Igarashi, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, for a 35-minute talk followed by discussion, on Wednesday, April 5, from 1:00 - 2 pm in Hellems 263. Dr. Igarashi specializes in media and communications theory and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. His talk, "Official Romanticism Maximized: Wordsworth and Bureaucratic Form," examines Wordsworth's career as a civil servant specializing in stamp and legacy taxes and the impressions this career made on his poetry.  

How did Wordsworth’s other career, as a civil servant specializing in stamp and legacy taxes, affect his poetry? Wordsworth’s work as Distributor of Stamps — odes to duty of a different kind — brings into focus the evolution of Britain’s fiscal-bureaucratic infrastructure during the long eighteenth century, and raises the question of how Romantic literature might have interacted with the ubiquitous administrative media and genres generated by, and comprising, that bureaucracy. Engaging recent interventions on literary form, the history of British taxation, Utilitarian reform, and scholarship on documents, this talk offers the notion of “bureaucratic form” as a way to think about Wordsworth’s place in, and the value of his poetic reflections on, modern norms pertaining to the efficient registering, aggregating, and interpreting of data or “particulars.”

Yohei Igarashi is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. He received his PhD from NYU in 2012 and has published on c18-19 literature, media, and communications theory in a variety of journals. His most recent publications include “Statistical Analysis at the Birth of Close Reading” in New Literary History 46.3 and “Keats’s Ways: The Dark Passages of Mediation and Why He Gives Up Hyperion ” Studies in Romanticism (Summer 2014).