Kenneth Richard Johnston

Kenneth Richard Johnston

Ruth N. Halls Professor Emeritus, English


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1966
  • M.A., Yale University, 1962
  • M.A., University of Chicago Divinity School, 1961
  • B.A., Augustana College, IL, 1959

Journal Articles and Other Publications

Romantic Revolutions: Theory & Criticism, ed. and contrib. (with G. Chaitin, K. Hanson, and H. Marks), Indiana University Press, 1990.

The Age of William Wordsworth: Critical Essays in Romantic Tradition, ed. (with Gene W. Ruoff) and contrib., Rutgers University Press, 1987.

Wordsworth and “The Recluse.” Yale University Press, 1984.

Recent Chapters in Collections:

“Encountering the Counterfactual: Lord Byron reads The Prelude,” in Counterfactual Romanticism, ed. Damian Walford Davies. University of Manchester Press, forthcoming 2016.

“Usual and Unusual Suspects: John Thelwall, William Godwin and Pitt’s Reign of Terror,” in John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon, ed. Steve Poole. Pickering & Chatto, 2009 (pp. 25-37).

“Whose History? My Place or Yours? Republican Assumptions and Romantic Traditions,” in Romanticism, History, Historicism: Essays on an Orthodoxy, ed. Damian Walford Davies. Routledge, 2009 (pp. 79-102).

“New Historicism,” in Romanticism: An Oxford Guide, ed. Nicholas Roe. Oxford U.P., 2005 (pp. 165-181).

“The Political Sciences of Life: From American Pantisocracy to British Romanticism,” in Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life, ed. Nick Roe. Oxford University Press, 2001.

Recent Essays in Scholarly Journals:

“Wintering Out: John Bugg’s Five Long Winters,” in Romanticism, Summer 2015.

“Wordsworth’s Excursion: Route and Destination,” The Wordsworth Circle, Spring 2014.

“Unusual Suspect, Unlikely Hero: A Life in the Reign of Alarm - Francis ‘Ornament’ Wrangham (1769-1842),” Romanticism 20.3 (2014), 217-232.

“The Unromantic Lives of Others: The Lost Generation of the 1790s,” The Wordsworth Circle (2010).

“The First and Last British Convention,” Romanticism 13.2 (Spring 2007), 99-132.

Extra-Curricular Productions:

The Love Adventures of Mr. George Cochrane (my adaptation of a story by Scottish Romantic writer James Hogg), directed by Lady Judy Steel; 1993 performances at Dumfries, Moffat, Bowhill Theater (Peebles), Scottish Borders Festival, Netherbow Theater (Edinburgh); reviews in The Scotsman, Southern Reporter, Scots Independent. Production revived, Spring 2004.

Edited Works:

The Cool World of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, by Paul M. Zall [30 biographical essays published in The Wordsworth Circle, 1970-1984]. Special issue of The Wordsworth Circle, Summer 2014.

Searching for Cioran, by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston. Indiana University Press, 2009. 274 pp. [Edited completion of book my late wife was working on at the time of her death.] (Rev. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, January 2009; Costica Bradatan, TLS, Oct. 2009; Thomas Pavel, London Review of Books, April 2010.)

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Scholar, Keats-Shelley Association of America, 2016
  • FIRST faculty, U. of Colorado, Boulder, 2009
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, 2005-08
  • Cox Family Visiting Scholar, Center for Arts & Humanities, University of Colorado, 2003
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 1998
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Amoco Foundation, Indiana University, 1973
  • Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellow (UK), 2006-07, 2009-11
  • Distinguished Fulbright Fellow (UK), 2005-06
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1991-92
  • NEH Fellowship for Independent Study, 1979-80, 1985-86