Dr Shahidha Bari, BA PhD (Cambridge) MA (London)
Shahidha Bari works in the fields of literature, culture, and philosophy. She studied at the universities of Cambridge, Queen Mary, and Cornell, and is a Lecturer in Romanticism. She was a founding member of the intellectual salon, How to Live, a project dedicated to cultivating academic and artistic engagements with politics, philosophy, and contemporary life, and she is a member of the editorial board of New Formations: A journal of culture/theory/politics. In 2011, she was selected as one of ten AHRC BBC Radio 3 'New Generation Thinker's. She is a regular panelist and speaker, discussing literary and political topics, with particular interests in religion, arts, and culture.
In her academic work, Shahidha specialises in Romantic poetics and continental philosophy. Her first book, Keats and Philosophy (Routledge, 2012), explored Keats’s poetic mediations on friendship, mortality, and war, and cast him as a startling modern thinker warranting renewed attention in a contemporary age.
Her current research considers nineteenth-century European engagements with Islam and the East, through an exploration of early English translations of the Arabian Nights, nineteenth-century Islamic art, and the British literature of Romantic Orientalism. Previously, she has also written about modern art, music, and architecture.
- Romantic Poetics: Keats, Shelley and Byron
- Islam and Arab Culture, particularly the Arabian Nights
- Contemporary Philosophy, specifically Derrida and Nancy
- Architecture and Modern Art
Shahidha would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of her research.
Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations (Routledge, 2012)
‘Lyrics and Love Poems: Poems to Sophia Stacey, Jane Williams and Mary Shelley’, in The Oxford Handbook of Shelley Studies, ed. M. O'Neill, A. Howe and M. Callaghan (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
‘Feeling Friendship: Keats’s “This Living Hand” and the Sonnets on the Elgin Marbles’, in The Hand of the Interpreter: Essays on Meaning after Theory, ed. E. Jarosinski and M. Mitrano (Oxford: Verlag Peter Lang, 2009), pp. 107-34
‘Living On After Derrida’, Naked Punch Supplement, 11 (1008), 7-10
‘Being in the Care of Philosophy: Thinking about Rachel Corrie’, New Formations, 70 (2011), 7-22
Entries on 'Julia Kristeva', 'Orientalism', 'Jacqueline Rose, 'Edward Said', and 'Robert Young', for The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, 3 vols (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
Co-founder and contributor to How to Live. Recent features include: ‘How to Live’, ‘On Justin Coombes’ Eden’, ‘Rothko’s Religion’, ‘On Richter’s Betty and Ella’, ‘How to Live after Derrida and Darwish’.
In the current academic year, Shahidha contributes to undergraduate teaching on:
- ESH102: Reading, Theory, and Interpretation
- ESH201: Imagination and Knowledge: English Romantic Literature, 1770-1825
- ESH243: Architexts
- ESH376: Gender, Race, and Empire in Women's Writing, 1780-1900
In the current academic year, Shahidha contributes to postgraduate teaching on: