Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Leon Chai

Emeritus Professor of English

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Selected Publications


  • Romantic Theory: Forms of Reflexivity in the Revolutionary Era. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
  • Jonathan Edwards and the Limits of Enlightenment Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Aestheticism: The Religion of Art in Post-Romantic Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.
  • The Romantic Foundations of the American Renaissance. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987.

Book Contributions

Journal Articles

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Edith Wharton." Dictionnaire des litt√©ratures de langue anglaise . 845-47th ed. Paris: Encylopaedia Universalis/Albin Michel, 1997.