308 Benson Science Hall
Office Hours for Fall, 2016: Monday 12:30-2:00,
and by appointment.
Mark Schoenfield is a professor of English at Vanderbilt
University, where he has received the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award
for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities.
His first book explores William Wordsworth’s connection to
the law, and his second, British Periodicals and
Romantic Identity: The "Literary Lower Empire” won the
Colby Prize for outstanding work on 19th century
periodicals. He has written articles on Byron and
marriage (and in each, alluded to the other), as well as on
Walter Scott, John Galt, and various periodicals and
periodical writers. His teaching interests include law
and literature, romanticism, the novel, and existential
fictions, and he is pleased that four of his publications
were co-authored, and looks forward to that number growing.
He coaches and has refereed high school wrestling, and
teaches chess to middle-school aspiring tournament players.
His current research interests expand
upon and merge some of his prior interests. His two
current project explore law and literature, and romantic
constructions of the self. The first, tentatively
The Palimpsest of Justice: Legal Trials and Romantic Print
examines how transformations in trials during the romantic
period were bolstered and contested in the press and
literature of the time, producing celebrity lawyers, novel
legal theories, and legal novels. The second, The
Celebrity of the Ordinary: Romantic Autobiography and
Periodical Culture, 1790-1840, demonstrates how the
extensive fascination with celebrities influence how
ordinary people conceptualized and represented their roles
and place in the commercial and social orders of the
- Ph.D. and M.P.W (MFA equivalent)., University of
- B.A. Yale University
- Coleridge Among the Periodicals” co-authored
with Alec Jordan, BA, Vanderbilt '14. Coleridge:
Critical Readings, 2016
- Periodical Auto-Biography: Theories and
Representations” The Wordsworth Circle, 2015.
- “The Trial of James Stuart (1822): ‘Abuse of
the Press, and Duelling.’” BRANCH: Britain,
Representation and Nineteenth-Century History.
Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on
the Net, 2015.
- “Ticklers and Nic-Nacs: weekly entertainments
among the Romantic periodicals” Études anglaises
- British Periodicals and Romantic
Identity:The "Literary Lower Empire" winner of
the Colby Prize for outstanding work on 19th century
- The Professional Wordsworth: Law, Labor, and
the Poet's Contract Georgia UP
- "Periodicals: Aesthetics and Media" Co-authored
with Kristin Samuelian, George Mason University.
Handbook to Romanticism Studies.
- "A Performance of Difference: The Public Image
of Daniel Mendoza" Romanticism and "The Jewish
Question": Nationalism, Religion, Individualism.
- "Romantic Periodicals" Co-authored with Brian
Rejack, PhD, Vanderbilt University. Literature
- "The Culture of Comparison: Byron in the
Satirist" "Romantic Fandom" Praxis volume. Romantic
- Playing with Logic, Discovering Logic,
Adventures with Logic (three grade-school
activity books, co-authored with J. Rosenblatt), San
Francisco: Lake Publishers, 1985.
"Entails and their Discontented"
NASSR. “ Legal Fictions of Transmission: Entail,
Berkeley, CA August, 2016.
“Property and Personality : Continuities of Law and
Literature” American Society for Eighteenth-Century
Studies. “Re-defining Romanticism in the Eighteenth
Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2016.
- “The Contract of Language, the Language of
Contract: Walter Scott’s Bride of Lammermoor”
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Conference: “Romanticism & Rights. Winnipeg, August,
- “The Things the Thing: Objects and Objections in
Romantic-era Trials” Nineteenth Century Studies
Association Conference on “Material Cultures /
Material Worlds.” March, 2015
- “Whose Life? Periodical Contestation and
Theorizations of Auto-Biography” MLA, Vancouver,
- "The Celebrity of the Ordinary: Men and Modes of
Fashion" Plenary Speaker, 7th Annual English
Graduate Student Conference, University of Tulsa,
- "Romantic Violence in the World of Print" Print
in the Media Ecology, Colloquium of the Interacting
with Print Research Group. McGill University, March
- "The Taste for Violence in Blackwood's
Magazine" plenary address, RSVP, Yale