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About Jordana Rosenberg

Jordana Rosenberg received an MA and PhD from Cornell University, and a BA from Wesleyan University. She is the recipient of an Ahmanson-Getty Fellowship from the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies at UCLA (2009- 2010), as well as a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Award, the Catherine Macaulay Prize, and a William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Joint Fellowship Award. Professor Rosenberg's fields of research and teaching include eighteenth-century transatlantic literature and poetry, moral philosophy, political theory, early modern materialism, Marxism, and secularization.
Professor Rosenberg is the author of Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion. Critical Enthusiasm argues that the Atlantic world of the long eighteenth century was characterized by two major, interrelated phenomena: the onset of capital accumulation and the infusion of traditions of radical enthusiastic rapture into Enlightenment discourses of aesthetics, jurisprudence, and political philosophy. In exploring these cross-pollinations, Critical Enthusiasm shows that debates around religious radicalism are bound to the advent of capitalism at its very root: as legal precedent, as financial rhetoric, and as aesthetic form. As a result, Rosenberg argues, we must not only contextualize histories of religion in terms of the economic landscape of early modernity, but also recast the question of secularization in terms of the contradictions of capitalism.


Present Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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University of Massachusetts Amherst
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