Visting Assistant Professor, English
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British Literature; Romanticism; poetry and poetics; Enlightenment philosophy; aesthetics; literary and critical theory.

Old Main, 208
Telephone: 651-696-6532

Taylor Schey comes to Macalester from Emory University, where he recently received his Ph.D. A specialist in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature, he has additional teaching and research interests in poetry and poetics, Enlightenment philosophy, aesthetics, and literary and critical theory. His current book project, After Skepticism: Romanticism and the Poetics of Sufficiency, identifies at the center of the Romantic canon an errant poetics that finds epistemic limitation to be positively enabling, rather than a threatening source of crisis and privation. Organized around the conceptual remainders of David Hume’s skeptical analyses—ignorance, custom, illusion, analogy, and acknowledgement—the project charts a political and aesthetic paradigm that reorganizes Romantic modernity while modeling a non-suspicious skepticism for today: one that makes more out of less and offers surprising resources with which to rethink current debates concerning ethics, ontology, climate change denial, and the way we read now. Chapters consider the writings of Hume, William Wordsworth, P. B. Shelley, Jane Austen, and Edmund Burke.

Areas of Study

  • 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Enlightenment Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Literary and Critical Theory 

2017-2018 Courses


BA: summa cum laude, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

PhD: Emory University