Christoph Irmscher

Christoph Irmscher

Provost Professor, English

George F. Getz Jr. Professor, Wells Scholars Program

Director, Wells Scholars Program


  • Ph.D. habil., University of Bonn, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of Bonn, 1991
  • M.A., University of Bonn, 1988

Journal Articles and Other Publications

Selected Articles:

"Teaching with Special Collections." In Forging the Future of Special Collections. Ed. Arnold Hirshon, Robert Jackson, and Melissa Hubbard. Chicago: American Library Association, 2016. 131-156.

"The Fire This Time: Longfellow, Lowell, Holmes, Whittier," The Cambridge Companion to American Poets, ed. Mark Richardson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 47-60.

"Linen Shreds and Melons in a Field: Emerson and His Contemporaries." The Cambridge History of American Poetry. Ed. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 192-216.

"‘I Regret America’: Max Eastman Meets Sigmund Freud." Narrative Encounters in the North American Triangle. Ed. David Staines and Waldemar Zacharasiewicz. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015. 211-33.

"Listening to Eliot’s Thrush.” Partial Answers 21.2 (2014): 231-49.
(with Charles H. Adams), “A New Translation of Die Regulatoren in Arkansas.” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 73.1 (Spring 2014): 56-68.

“Susan Fenimore Cooper and the Ecology of Reading.” Partial Answers, 21.1 (2014): 41-61.
Afterword. Longfellow, Evangeline and Selected Poems and Tales. Ed. Howard Gregory. New York: Signet, 2013. 265-76.

“Audubon Goes North.” Cultural Circulation: Dialogues between Canadian Writers and Writers from the American South. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz and Christoph Irmscher. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2013, 77-97.

“Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.” Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO). Oxford University Press. Over 100 entries. 2013.

"Catesby’s Owl.” Pacific Coast Philology. Special Issue on “Literature, Culture, and the Environment.” 46.2 (2011): 153-176.

“Bayard Taylor and the Limits of Orientalism.” The Limits of History, ed. Allen Dunn and Thomas Haddox. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2012. 76-104.

“Audubon's Border-Crossings.” Riding/Writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction, ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2011, 45-63.

“Reading for Our Delight.” Dante Studies, 128 (2010): 45-64.

“Longfellow's Sentimentality.” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 93.3/4 (2010): 249-280.

“'Headache All Day': Henry James Clark at Agassiz's Museum,” Raritan 29.2 (Fall 2009): 69-100.

“Writing by Victorian Naturalists.” The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. Ed. Coral A. Howells and Eva-Marie Kroeller. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 144-165.

“November 27, 1820: Landscape with Birds.” A New Literary History of America. Ed. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2009. 154-60.

“Wonderful Entanglements: Louis Agassiz, Auguste Sonrel, and the Cyanea Arctica,” in A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History. Ed. Alan C. Braddock and Christoph Irmscher. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, forthcoming in 2008. Foreword, Lucy DeLatte, Lucy Audubon: A Biography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2008.

“‘So That Nothing May Be Lost’: Thomas McIlwraith’s Birds of Ontario,” in Fiamengo, Janice (ed.), Other Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2007) 144-169.

“When Harry Met Annie,” Raritan 26.4 (Spring 2007): 155-79.

“Popular Poetry.” American History through Literature, 1870-1890, ed. Gary Scharnhorst and Tom Quirk (Scribner’s, 2006), 859-867.

“The Fireside Poets,” American History through Literature, 1850-1870, ed. Robert Sattelmeyer and Janet Gabler-Hover (Scribner’s, 2006), 420-425.

“‘Pearly Light’: Genoa in the Nineteenth-Century American Imagination.” La città e il mare, ed. Giorgetta Revelli (Edizioni ETS, 2005), 285-302.

“Nature-Writing,” The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature, ed. Eva-Marie Kroeller ( Cambridge UP, 2004) 94-114.

“Darwin’s Beard.” Aging and Old Age in British and American Literature, ed. Christa Jansohn ( LIT, 2004), 87-106.

“Longfellow Redux,” Raritan 21.3 (Winter 2002): 100-129.

“Nature Laughs at Our Systems: Philip Henry Gosse’s The Canadian Naturalist,” Canadian Literature 170/171 (Autumn/Winter 2001): 58-86.
“Audubon and the Veiled Lady,” The American Scholar 68.3 (Summer 1999): 65-76.

Selected Honors and Awards:
  • Election to the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2014.
  • NEH Grant for Summer Institute on John James Audubon, 2009 and 2011
  • James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, 2010.
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2009
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts (RBMS) Award for best electronic exhibition, Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association, 2009
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2007 (for Longfellow Redux)
  • Friends of the Longfellow House, 2006
  • NEH Faculty Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • Rodney G. Dennis Fellow in the Study of Manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2004
  • Research Fellowship, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2003
  • NEH Summer Stipend, 2002
  • American Studies Network Prize 2000
  • CUE Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Harvard University, 2000
  • Literature and Language Award of the Association of American Publishers, 1999