College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
With UI Since 2008
Department of English
Assistant Professor and Director of the M.A. Program
Ph.D., University of Virginia, English, 2008
M.A., Queen’s University, English, 2001
B.A., Queen’s University, English & History, 2000
18th- & 19th-Century British Literature
David Sigler teaches British literature and literary theory at the University of Idaho. He is currently completing a book about sexual enjoyment in British Romantic literature, and beginning another project about the politics of the future in nineteenth-century British literature. He has published articles on British Romanticism, psychoanalytic theory, and popular music.
- “‘The Ocean of Futurity, Which Has No Boundaries’: The Deconstructive Politics of Helen Maria Williams’s Translation of Paul and Virginia.” Accepted for publication in European Romantic Review.
- “Shaftesbury takes an Ethiopian to the Carnival: Foreignness, Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity in ‘Sensus Communis.’” Accepted for publication in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.
- “‘Read Mr. Sacher-Masoch’: The Literariness of Masochism in the Philosophy of Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze.” Criticism 53:2 (2011). 191–214. Forthcoming.
- “The Labors of Joanna Southcott.” Literary and Poetic Representations of Work and Labor in Europe and Asia during the Romantic Era, ed. Robert A. Anderson and Christopher C. Clason. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen, 2011. 209–27.
- “Dead Faith and Contraband Goods: Joanna Southcott and the Logic of Sexuation.” Studies in Romanticism 49:3 (2010). 405–425.
- “The Navel of the Dream: Freud, Derrida and Lacan on the Gap where ‘Something Happens.’” SubStance 39:2 [issue #122] (2010). 17–38.
- “To be or not to be?: Why Hamlet takes center stage in the Lacanian mechanics of perversion.” Shakespeare Yearbook XIX: Lacanian Interpretations of Shakespeare (2010). 107–127.
- “The Rhetoric of Anti-Pedagogical Sadism in Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VII.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 9:2 (2008). 71–86.
- “Two Masquerades and their Spec(tac)ular Effects in Mary Robinson’s Walsingham.” Romanticism on the Net 46 (2007). http://www.erudit.org/revue/ron/2007/v/n46/016137ar.html
- Essays on Helen Maria Williams and Mary Meeke. The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature, ed. Frederick Burwick et al. 3 vols. (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Forthcoming.
- Book reviews in Modern Philology, Pacific Coast Philology, Journal of British Studies, Romantic Circles, and British Association of Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review.
*See CV for full listings of publications, research, outreach and awards.
- Sexual Enjoyment in British Romanticism: Gender and Psychoanalysis, 1753–1835. Book manuscript in progress.
- The Future Histories of Man: Women’s Writing and the Contemporary Future of the British Nineteenth Century. Book manuscript in progress.
Gwin J. and Ruth Kolb Research Travel Award, The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2011
Research Fellowship Grant, Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–11
Visiting Fellow, Chawton House Library and School of Humanities at the University of Southampton, UK, July–August 2011
Seed Grant, University Research Office, University of Idaho, AY 2009–2010
Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 2006