Assistant Professor of English
Kantor's research focuses on British Romantic literature, the development of nineteenth-century political economy, and the articulation of social progress and conservation in representations of the age. He is working on two book projects. The first book, The Life of Honor: Dignity, Inequality, and Romanticism, argues that a conservative, hierarchical notion of honor found in Romantic writing was matched by a modern, leveling discourse of honor perpetuated in part by the "financial" novel, juridical slave narratives, and radical lyric poetry. The Life of Honor attempts to frame a major contradiction in the emerging liberal state and its literatures, which oftentimes placed individual freedom above dignity. Kantor's second book concerns technology, automation, and the vexed idea of progress from 1750-1850. In a recent essay derived from a chapter of that book, Kantor argues that an Ode from John Keats rejects the idea of poetic use-value and hints at a "fully automated luxury" utopia to which we might look forward.
Kantor's articles have been featured in, and are forthcoming from, S.E.L., Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, and PMLA.