Alex Freer grew up near Manchester, and studied English at Warwick and Cambridge. After completing a PhD on Wordsworth, he took up a junior research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. His research and teaching are broadly concentrated on eighteenth-century and romantic literature and the history and practice of literary criticism and theory.

Key Research Interests

British romanticism (William Wordsworth and Percy Shelley in particular); poetry and poetics; the history of criticism; topics in psychology and philosophy from the eighteenth century to the present; literary theory (psychoanalytic theory, especially French, deconstruction, queer theory, phenomenology).

Recent Publications

Faith in Reading: Revisiting the Midrash–Theory connection’ Paragraph 39 (3), 335–357, 2016.

Rhythm as Coping’ New Literary History 46 (3), 549-568, 2015.

Wordsworth and the Infancy of Affection’ Studies in Romanticism 54 (1), 79-100, 2015.

Wordsworth and the poetics of disappointment’ Textual Practice 28 (6), 1123-1144, 2014.

Musicality and the Limits of Meaning in Wordsworth and Kant’ Paragraph 36 (3), 324-343, 2013.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach or have recently taught, in the following broad areas:

Eighteenth century literature and culture; British romanticism; Victorian writing; the history of criticism; poetry and poetics; literary theory; literature and psychoanalysis.