Dr Alex Benchimol

  • Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

telephone: 01413302695
email: Alex.Benchimol@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

  • Comparative Cultural Studies in the Romantic Period
  • Radical Intellectual Culture in the Romantic Period
  • Scottish Enlightenment Studies
  • Theories of the Public Sphere & National Media
  • Eco-criticism

Biography

Dr. Alex Benchimol is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and has been teaching in the department since 2003.  He is the founder, and currently co-convenes, the Scottish Romanticism Research Group in the School of Critical Studies: click here. Alex is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and was educated at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio where he studied English and History, and holds Masters degrees in Cultural Studies and English from the Universities of Glasgow and Toronto, respectively. He completed a doctorate in the Department of English Literature at the University of Glasgow in 2001.

Dr. Benchimol’s primary research interests include Romantic period studies, British cultural studies, cultural theory, periodical history and the Scottish Enlightenment and ecological writing (he was recently co-investigator on an AHRC-funded research network, Values of Environmental Writing: click here). His monograph (published by Ashgate in 2010) charts the contested development of cultural criticism in Britain during the early nineteenth century: Intellectual Politics and Cultural Conflict in the Romantic Period:  Scottish Whigs, English Radicals and the Making of the British Public Sphere:  click here.

His research and review essays have been in published in journals such as Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Textual Practice,  Romantic Circles Reviews, Romanticism,  Thesis Eleven,  Radical Philosophy, The European Legacy and most recently, the Romantic Circles Praxis Series: click here. In 2007 Dr. Benchimol co-edited with Professor Willy Maley a volume of essays on the public sphere from a distinguished line up of international contributors: Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics from Shakespeare to Habermas (Peter Lang European Academic Press): click here.

His current research explores the development of the national public sphere in Scotland over the long eighteenth century, including the emergence of a distinctive Scottish print culture and national press, reflected in his recent contribution to The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism: click here. His next monograph project, Printing Enlightenment: The National Press and Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, applies theoretical insights from the Scottish legal philosopher Neil MacCormick and the German critical theorist Jürgen Habermas to highlight issues of national identity and the institutional expression of cultural solidarity in the eighteenth-century Scottish public sphere.

Dr. Benchimol also co-organized the 12th Biennial International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies: Enlightenment, Romanticism & Nation (click here), and the Before Blackwood's: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment symposium (click here).

Grants

Co-I, 'Values of Environmental Writing' AHRC Network Grant, 2010-11 (PI: Dr. Hayden Lorimer, Geographical and Earth Sciences; Co-I: Dr. Rhian Williams, English Literature).

Supervision

Dr Benchimol is particularly interested in supervising postgraduate research on any aspect of radical intellectual culture of the romantic period, periodical culture of the long eighteenth century, and theoretical approaches to British intellectual and cultural history. Alex has supervised postgraduate research projects in Brazilian Romanticism, Victorian diaries and life-writing, postcolonial modes of hospitality in Scott's Waverley novels, radical aesthetics in the Modernist novel, and currently supervises projects investigating the relationship between literary aesthetics and Scottish national identity in the long eighteenth century and imagination and genre in the writing of David Hume.

Teaching

Dr. Benchimol teaches nineteenth and twentieth-century American Literature, Romantic Literature, cultural theory, and ecological writing from the eighteenth century to the present. He was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2009. He has administered and convened many programmes for English Literature and was overall Postgraduate Convener for the department from 2008-11.

 

Publications

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Number of items: 17.

2015

Benchimol, A., Brown, R. and Shuttleton, D., (Eds.) (2015) Before Blackwood's: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment. Series: Enlightenment World. Pickering and Chatto, London. ISBN 9781848935501 (In Press)

2014

Schlesinger, P. , and Benchimol, A. (2014) Future of the Scottish press. Policy Scotland .

2013

Benchimol, A. (2013) For 'the PROSPERITY OF SCOTLAND': mediating national improvement in The Scots Magazine, 1739-49. Studies in Scottish Literature, 39 (1). pp. 82-103. ISSN 0039-3770

Benchimol, A. (2013) Foreseeing the famine? William Cobbett's Irish writings. In: Lyons, P., Maley, W. and Miller, J. (eds.) Romantic Ireland: From Tone to Gonne: Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 10-20. ISBN 9781443844208

2012

Benchimol, A. (2012) Knowledge against paper: forgery, state violence and radical cultural resistance in the romantic period. Romantic Circles Praxis Series, 2012 (Feb).

Lorimer, H., Williams, R., and Benchimol, A. (2012) Finding values in environmental writing. Scottish Geographical Journal . ISSN 1470-2541 (Unpublished)

2011

Benchimol, A. (2011) Periodicals and public culture. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature . Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 84-99. ISBN 9780748638451

2010

Benchimol, A. (2010) Intellectual Politics and Cultural Conflict in the Romantic Period: Scottish Whigs, English Radicals and the Making of the British Public Sphere. Series: Nineteenth century series . Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9780754664468

2007

Benchimol, A. and Maley, W., (Eds.) (2007) Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics from Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang, Bern. ISBN 9783039105397

Benchimol, A. (2007) Cultural historiography and the Scottish Enlightenment public sphere: placing Habermas in eighteenth-century Edinburgh. In: Benchimol, A. and Maley, W. (eds.) Spheres of influence: intellectual and cultural publics from Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang Press, Oxford, pp. 105-150. ISBN 9783039105397

Benchimol, A. (2007) Debatable geographies of romantic nostalgia: the redemptive landscape in Wordsworth and Cobbett. In: Lamont, C. and Rossington, M. (eds.) Romanticism's Debatable Lands. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 92-104.

Benchimol, A., and Maley, W. (2007) Introduction: circling the public sphere. In: Benchimol, A. and Maley, W. (eds.) Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics from Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, pp. 9-40. ISBN 9783039105397

2005

Benchimol, A. (2005) Remaking the Romantic period: cultural materialism, cultural studies and the radical public sphere. Textual Practice, 19 (1). pp. 51-70. ISSN 1470-1308 (doi:10.1080/0950236042000329645)

2004

Benchimol, A. (2004) William Cobbett's geography of cultural resistance in Rural rides. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 26 (3). pp. 257-272. ISSN 1477-2663 (doi:10.1080/0890549042000280801)

Benchimol, A. (2004) Sir William Hamilton. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, pp. 207-209. ISBN 0838637922

2001

Benchimol, A. (2001) The cultural politics of the Habermasian public sphere: a re-examination of the modernity/postmodernity debate in its national, social and political contexts. European Legacy, 6 (4). pp. 471-490. ISSN 1470-1316 (doi:10.1080/10848770120069214 )

1999

Benchimol, A. (1999) The uses of cultural theory in romantic period studies: towards a new synthesis. Theory@buffalo, 5 (Specia). pp. 106-135. ISSN 1535-5551

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Number of items: 17.

Article

Schlesinger, P. , and Benchimol, A. (2014) Future of the Scottish press. Policy Scotland .

Benchimol, A. (2013) For 'the PROSPERITY OF SCOTLAND': mediating national improvement in The Scots Magazine, 1739-49. Studies in Scottish Literature, 39 (1). pp. 82-103. ISSN 0039-3770

Benchimol, A. (2012) Knowledge against paper: forgery, state violence and radical cultural resistance in the romantic period. Romantic Circles Praxis Series, 2012 (Feb).

Lorimer, H., Williams, R., and Benchimol, A. (2012) Finding values in environmental writing. Scottish Geographical Journal . ISSN 1470-2541 (Unpublished)

Benchimol, A. (2005) Remaking the Romantic period: cultural materialism, cultural studies and the radical public sphere. Textual Practice, 19 (1). pp. 51-70. ISSN 1470-1308 (doi:10.1080/0950236042000329645)

Benchimol, A. (2004) William Cobbett's geography of cultural resistance in Rural rides. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 26 (3). pp. 257-272. ISSN 1477-2663 (doi:10.1080/0890549042000280801)

Benchimol, A. (2001) The cultural politics of the Habermasian public sphere: a re-examination of the modernity/postmodernity debate in its national, social and political contexts. European Legacy, 6 (4). pp. 471-490. ISSN 1470-1316 (doi:10.1080/10848770120069214 )

Benchimol, A. (1999) The uses of cultural theory in romantic period studies: towards a new synthesis. Theory@buffalo, 5 (Specia). pp. 106-135. ISSN 1535-5551

Book

Benchimol, A. (2010) Intellectual Politics and Cultural Conflict in the Romantic Period: Scottish Whigs, English Radicals and the Making of the British Public Sphere. Series: Nineteenth century series . Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9780754664468

Book Section

Benchimol, A. (2013) Foreseeing the famine? William Cobbett's Irish writings. In: Lyons, P., Maley, W. and Miller, J. (eds.) Romantic Ireland: From Tone to Gonne: Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 10-20. ISBN 9781443844208

Benchimol, A. (2011) Periodicals and public culture. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature . Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 84-99. ISBN 9780748638451

Benchimol, A. (2007) Cultural historiography and the Scottish Enlightenment public sphere: placing Habermas in eighteenth-century Edinburgh. In: Benchimol, A. and Maley, W. (eds.) Spheres of influence: intellectual and cultural publics from Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang Press, Oxford, pp. 105-150. ISBN 9783039105397

Benchimol, A. (2007) Debatable geographies of romantic nostalgia: the redemptive landscape in Wordsworth and Cobbett. In: Lamont, C. and Rossington, M. (eds.) Romanticism's Debatable Lands. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 92-104.

Benchimol, A., and Maley, W. (2007) Introduction: circling the public sphere. In: Benchimol, A. and Maley, W. (eds.) Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics from Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, pp. 9-40. ISBN 9783039105397

Benchimol, A. (2004) Sir William Hamilton. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, pp. 207-209. ISBN 0838637922

Edited Book

Benchimol, A., Brown, R. and Shuttleton, D., (Eds.) (2015) Before Blackwood's: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment. Series: Enlightenment World. Pickering and Chatto, London. ISBN 9781848935501 (In Press)

Benchimol, A. and Maley, W., (Eds.) (2007) Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics from Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang, Bern. ISBN 9783039105397

This list was generated on Tue Oct 21 07:27:59 2014 BST.