LisaAnn Robertson

LisaAnn Robertson

Assistant Professor


Dakota Hall

Phone: (605) 677-5229



Lisa Ann Robertson is currently revising a book manuscript entitled The Embodied Imagination. She has published in ERR, La Questione Romantica, and Prose Studies, among others.

Teaching Interests:

British Romanticism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, literature and science, literature and philosophy, British empiricism

Research Interests:

The intersection of science and literary cultures in Romantic-era Britain with an emphasis on the science of the mind; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century materialist theories of mind and pedagogy and investigates women's participation in the mind-matter debates through their writing on education.


  • Ph D, English Literature, University of Alberta, 2013
  • MA, English Literature, Ohio State University, 2006
  • BA, English and Women's Studies, Ohio State University, 1991


  • College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Transformation Grant, College Committee on Diversity in the Curriculum. (2016 - 2016)
  • Frankenstein 200!, Keats-Shelley Association of American & Byron Association of America.


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Review of Elizabeth A. Bohls. Slavery and the Politics of Place: Representing the Colonial Caribbean, 1770-1883. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014.. Edited by Richard Berkeley, 111-117. Vol. 1, Iss. 2. Paris: Journal of Romanticism, 2018.
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Review of Jan Golinski, The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science, Chicago UP, 2016. Edited by Paul Westover, 909-911. Vol. 56, Iss. 4. Cambridge: Journal of British Studies, 2017.
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. "Hints & Speculation on Education": Tom Wedgwood's Materialist Pedagogy. In Romantic Education: Romantic Pedagogies and New Approaches to Teaching Romanticism, edited by Suzanne L. Barnett and Katherine Bennett Gustafson, Para 1-48. Iss. May 2016. College Park, MD : Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons, 2016.
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Composite review of Sandy, Mark. Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. Vol. 42, Iss. 2. Vermillion: Nineteenth Century Prose , 2015. (DOI: 387-97)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. "Swallowed Up In Impression": Humphry Davy's Materialist Theory of Embodied Transcendence and William Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey", 591-614. Vol. 26, Iss. 5. European Romantic Review, 2015. (DOI: 10.1080/10509585.2015.1070343)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Review of Day, Aidan. Romanticism. 2nd ed., 809-810. Vol. 19, Iss. 6. European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, 2014. (DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2014.949975)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Soulful Sensorium: The Body in British Romantic Brain Science. Edited by Tiziana Morosetti and Norbert Lennartz, 17-28. Vol. 3, Iss. 1. La Questione Romantica: Rivista Interdisciplinare di Studi Romantici, 2011.
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Review of Webster, Suzanne E. Body and Soul in Coleridge's Notebooks, 1827-1834: "What is Life?", 999-1000. Vol. 16, Iss. 7. European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, 2011. (DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2011.626224)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. 'Universal Thump': The Redemptive Epistemology of Touch in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, 5-20. Vol. 12, Iss. 2.. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1750-1849.2010.01159.x)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. The Vicissitudes of Video Games, 8-13. Vol. 8, Iss. 3. Edmonton, AB: Fifty3: Journal of Contemporary Visual Culture, 2007.
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. "Sensible" Slavery: Pleasure, Pain, and the Body in Matthew Lewis' Journal of a West India Slave Proprietor, 220-37. Vol. 29, Iss. 2. Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism , 2007. (DOI: 10.1080/01440350701432796)

Awards and Honors:

  • Best Article Award 2015, European Romantic Review, 2016
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Career Scholar Grant, University of Edinburgh, 2015


  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. At the Border of Knowledge, or, Babies in the Scientific Imagination. Presented at the ICR: 2017 Romantic (In) Securty, El Paso, TX. (October 2017)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. The Life of the Body is the Life of the Mind: Erasmus Darwin's Materialist Theory of Cognition. Presented at the NASSR 2017 Conference : Romantic Life, Ottawa, ON. (August 2017)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. "'From the Imbecility of Children': Infants in the Scientific Imagination". Presented at the Bicentennial Conference "Robert Southey and Romantic-era Literature, Culture, and Science: 1797, 1817, 2017", Bristol, England. (April 12, 2017)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Satanic Seduction: Zofloya and the Infernal Marriage Plot. Presented at the ICR 2016: The Dark Side of Romanticism, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (October 20, 2016)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Wordsworth's Discontented Senses: Disappointment and the Embodied Imagination. Presented at the NASSR 2016 Conference : Romanticism and its Discontents, Berkely, CA. (August 11, 2016)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Enacting the Absolute: Subject-Object Relations in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Theory of Mind. Presented at the A History of Distributed Cognition, Workshop 3—From the Enlightenment to Romanticism, Edinburgh, Scotland. (June 2015)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. The Enactive Imagination: William Wordsworth's Embodied Mind,. Presented at the Romantic Organizations: NASSR 22nd Annual Conference , Washington, DC. (July 12, 2014)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. The Power of Modifying: Organic Theories of Mind in British Romanticism. Presented at the Romantic Research Group, Romanticism & Evolution Conference, London ON. (May 13, 2011)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. Soulful Sensorium: The Body in Early British Romantic Brain Science. Presented at the Midwest Conference on British Studies, 56th Annual Conference, Cleveland OH. (October 8, 2010)
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. "'Sensible' Slavery: Pleasure, Pain and the Body in Matthew Lewis' Journal of a West India Slave Proprietor. Presented at the Folklore Student Association Conference, Columbus, OH. (May 20, 2006)