Faculty Experts - Evan Radcliffe, PhD

Evan Radcliffe, PhD

Evan Radcliffe, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of English
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • British Romantic Literature


Dr. Radcliffe is an expert on 19th Century British literature, specifically Romantic poetry, including authors Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. He has researched the British response to the French Revolution in the 1790s, including philosophical and political writing as well as imaginative literature, and has a particular focus on Wordsworth’s narrative poetry in relation to the debates of the 1790s.


  • Ph.D., English Literature, Cornell University
  • M.A., English Literature, Cornell University  
  • A.B., English, Princeton University

Selected Publications

  • “Godwin from ‘Metaphysician’ to Novelist: Political Justice, Caleb Williams, and the Tension Between Philosophical Argument and Narrative,” Modern Philology, 97 (2000): 528-53.
  • “Burke, Radical Cosmopolitanism, and the Debates on Patriotism in the 1790s,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 28 (1999), 311-39.
  • “Arguing Benevolence: Wordsworth, Godwin, and the 1790s,” in Lisa P. Crafton, ed., The French Revolution Debate in English Literature and Culture (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997), pp. 59-81.
  • “Saving Ideals: Revolution and Benevolence in The Prelude,” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 93 (1994), 534-59.
  • “Revolutionary Writing, Moral Philosophy, and Universal Benevolence in the Eighteenth Century,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 54 (1993), 221-40.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Villanova faculty member since 1987
  • Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

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