B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2012); Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (2018).
Joseph Albernaz specializes in the literature, especially poetry, of the Romantic period (late 18th and early 19th centuries), with a particular interest in the legacies of Romanticism across a number of theoretical and critical domains. His main current project traces new formations of community, ecology, and the everyday in Romantic literature and its twentieth-century and contemporary afterlives. An essay on John Clare from this work has appeared in European Romantic Review. He is also beginning work on a second book project that examines the political theology of sacrifice and theodicy in Romanticism and contemporary theory, especially in relation to race and slavery. Other ongoing projects include a theoretical study of the concept of rhythm, a suite of essays on the philosopher Hans Blumenberg, and translations from French and German.