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Leon Chai

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

American Literature


19th cent. British & European Literature


Critical theory 


BA, Princeton Univ. 

MA + PhD, Univ. of Virginia

Awards and Honors

NEH Senior Fellowship 

Visiting Professor, Peking University (Beijing University) fall 2012

Highlighted Publications

Romantic Theory. Johns Hopkins UP, 2006

Jonathan Edwards & the Limits of Enlightenment Philosophy. Oxford UP, 1998

Aestheticism: The Religion of Art in Post-Romantic Literature. Columbia UP, 1990

The Romantic Foundations of the American Renaissance. Cornell UP, 1987

Recent Publications

The Rise and Fall of Theory. Peking Univ. Press, 2022