University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign :: Department of English

Jack Stillinger

Office: 339 English
Office Phone: 244-4617
Office Hours: By appointment

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Previous Classes

Fall 2002

Not Teaching

Spring 2002

Not Teaching

Spring 2001 Course:

ENGLISH 210 X: ENGLISH LITERATURE FROM 1798 TO THE PRESENT

Fall 2000 Course:

ENGLISH 433 E: SEMINAR IN ROMANTIC LITERATURE
---TOPIC: Romantic and Victorian Poetry

Areas of Interest

English Romantic literature; poetry; textual criticism.

Jack Stillinger has been a member of the English faculty since 1958 and Center for Advanced Study Professor of English since 1970. He has published 26 books (monographs, textual studies, scholarly editions) and numerous articles and reviews, mainly on nineteenth-century British literature. 

His work in the 1960s included editions of J. S. Mill and William Wordsworth and a series of critical studies (collected in The Hoodwinking of Madeline, 1971) emphasizing the realistic, skeptical, essentially unromantic tendencies of English Romantic poetry. 

In the 1970s he focused on the textual and publishing history of the writings of John Keats, producing first The Texts of Keats's Poems (1974) and then the definitive Harvard edition, The Poems of John Keats (1978), and several volumes devoted to Keats's manuscripts. 

In the 1980s he launched a large theoretical and historical project on the nature of authorship to consider such basic questions as how and why writers write, how they develop, and how they interact with editors, publishers, and other collaborators. 

The latest results of this project are books titled Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius (1991), Coleridge and Textual Instability: The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems (1994), and Reading "The Eve of St. Agnes": The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction (1999).

Stillinger has held fellowships and awards from, among others, the Woodrow Wilson and Guggenheim foundations, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was the 1986 recipient of the Keats-Shelley Association's Distinguished Scholar Award. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Publications

The Early Draft of John Stuart Mill's "Autobiography" (U of Illinois P, 1961)-ed. with intro and apparatus

Anthony Munday's "Zelauto: The Fountaine of Fame," 1580 (Southern Illinois UP, 1963)-ed. with textual and explanatory notes

William Wordsworth: Selected Poems and Prefaces (Houghton Mifflin, 1965)-Riverside Edition

The Letters of Charles Armitage Brown (Harvard UP, 1966)-ed. with intro and notes

Twentieth Century Interpretations of Keats's Odes: A Collection of Critical Essays (Prentice-Hall, 1968)-ed. with intro, appendix, chronology, and bibliography

John Stuart Mill: Autobiography (Houghton Mifflin, 1969; Oxford UP, 1971)-Riverside Edition

John Stuart Mill: Autobiography and Other Writings (Houghton Mifflin, 1969)-Riverside Edition

The Hoodwinking of Madeline and Other Essays on Keats's Poems (Illinois, 1971)

The Texts of Keats's Poems (Harvard, 1974)

The Poems of John Keats (Harvard, 1978)-ed. with intro, apparatus, textual notes, and appendixes

Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Vol. 1: Autobiography and Literary Essays (U of Toronto P, 1981)-ed. with intro, apparatus, notes, and appendixes (co-edited with John M. Robson)

John Keats: Complete Poems (Harvard, 1982)-ed. with intro, chronology, bibliography, commentary, and appendix

The Norton Anthology of English Literature (W. W. Norton, 5th ed., 1987; 6th ed., 1996; 7th ed., 2000)-co-edited with M. H. Abrams and twelve others

The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors (Norton, 5th ed., 1987; 6th ed., 1996; 7th ed., 2000)

Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius (Oxford UP, 1991)

Coleridge and Textual Instability: The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems (Oxford, 1994)

John Keats: Letters from a Walking Tour (Grolier Club, 1995)-ed. with foreword, new texts, and notes

Reading "The Eve of St. Agnes": The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction (Oxford, 1999)

Eight volumes of Keats's manuscripts in facsimile (Garland Publishing and Harvard UP, 1985-90)

Fifty articles (1956-2000), sixty reviews (1957-2000), and a handful of poems (1968-73)