David Sigler

David Sigler


Undergraduate Program Director

Faculty of Arts , Department of English

Contact information


office: SS1014


Educational Background

Ph.D. English, University of Virginia, 2008


David Sigler studies British Romantic literature and literary theory. He has particular expertise in Romantic women's writing (e.g., Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft) and psychoanalytic theory (e.g., Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan).

He is the author of two books: Sexual Enjoyment in British Romanticism (MQUP 2015) and Fracture Feminism: The Politics of Impossible Time in British Romanticism (SUNY 2021), and dozens of articles and chapters. Recent articles have discussed the waywardness of pleasure in John Keats, the paradoxes of the death penalty in Mary Shelley, and the experience of time in Jane Austen.

He is co-editor of the journal Romanticism on the Net. Other editorial projects have included Lacan and Romanticism (SUNY 2019, co-edited with Daniela Garofalo) and Romantic Women's Writing and Sexual Transgression (Edinburgh UP 2024, co-edited with Kathryn Ready). There is a CV available on this page with a full listing of publications and talks. His current research project concerns rule-following in British Romantic literature.

He currently serves as Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Head for the Department of English.

He is interested in working with graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of British Romanticism, eighteenth or nineteenth-century British Literature, any aspect of post-structuralist theory, psychoanalytic theory, deconstruction, and/or the history of feminism in British literature.


Areas of Research

British Romanticism, Psychoanalysis (esp. Freud, Lacan), Women's writing, Theory


Course number Course title Semester
ENGL 504 Honours Project 2022-23
ENGL 519/609 Romanticism Winter 2023