Poetics, Romanticism, Postmodernism.
Richard Nanian received an M.A. in English with both Literature and Creative Writing (playwriting) concentrations from Salem State College, and a Ph.D. in English with a Literary Studies concentration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He teaches both literature and writing courses. His interests include poetics, the effects of language on cognition, English and American Romanticism, and drama. His book Plerosis/Kenosis: Poetic Language and its Energies (Lang, 2012) has been called "an original and bold attempt to conceptualize both the anatomy and history of modern poetry that has the philosophical sweep, critical sophistication, and elegant clarity of a Northrop Frye or a Kenneth Burke." He is assistant editor of the Journal of Romanticism. A list of courses he is teaching in the current and upcoming semesters may be found on his website.