Daniel E. White

Professor; Graduate Faculty; Director of Graduate Studies; Affiliate Faculty: Collaborative Specialization in Book History and Print Culture; Undergraduate Instructor
Maanjiwe nendamowinan Building, Room 5290, 1535 Outer Circle, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6. Mailing Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 604, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature
  • Book History and Print Culture
  • Literature and Culture of the Early British Empire in India


Dan White is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Book History and Print Culture at Massey College from 2008 to 2011, as Associate Director, PhD for the graduate department from 2012 to 2015, and as Associate Chair of the Department of English and Drama at UTM from 2016 to 2021, with a term as Acting Chair in Fall 2019. His teaching and research address Romantic literature (1780-1830), the culture of the early British Empire in India, the history of the book, and religious nonconformity in the long eighteenth century. Author of Early Romanticism and Religious Dissent (Cambridge University Press, 2006), From Little London to Little Bengal: Religion, Print, and Modernity in Early British India, 1793-1835 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), and Romanticism, Liberal Imperialism, and Technology in Early British India: “The all-changing power of steam” (Palgrave, forthcoming 2024), and co-editor of Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works, 1811-1838 (Pickering & Chatto, 2012), Professor White serves on the editorial board of Essays in Romanticism.



From Little London to Little Bengal: Religion, Print, and Modernity in Early British India, 1793-1835. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Early Romanticism and Religious Dissent. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Paperback, 2010.)

Palgrave Pivot

Romanticism, Liberal Imperialism, and Technology in Early British India: “The all-changing power of steam.” Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave, forthcoming 2024.

Articles and Chapters 

Five entries in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Ed. April London. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2024. 6,800 words.

“The Case of the Nocturnal Amanuenses: New Evidence in the Wat Tyler Affair.” Modern Philology 118.2 (November 2020): 277-303.

“‘The Slangwhangery of the Jargonists’: Writing, Speech, and the Character of Romanticism.” Studies in Romanticism 56 (Winter 2017): 453-78.

“‘Zig Zag sublimity’: John Grant, the Tank School of Poetry, and the India Gazette, 1822-1829.” A History of Indian Poetry in English. Ed. Rosinka Chaudhuri. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 147-61.

“Idolatry, Evangelicalism, and the Intense Objectivism of Robert Southey.” Romanticism 17.1 (2011): 39-51.

“Imperial Spectacles, Imperial Publics: Panoramas in and of Calcutta.” The Wordsworth Circle 41.2 (Spring 2010): 71-81.

“‘A little God whom they had just sent over’: Robert Southey’s The Curse of Kehama and the Museum of the Bristol Baptist College.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 32.2 (June 2010): 99-120.

“‘With Mrs Barbauld it is different’: Dissenting Heritage and the Devotional Taste.” Women and Enlightenment: A Comparative History. Ed. Sarah Knott and Barbara Taylor. London: Palgrave, 2004. 474-92.

“‘Mysterious Sanctity’: Sectarianism and Syncretism from Volney to Hemans.” European Romantic Review 15.2 (June 2004): 269-76.

“‘Properer for a Sermon’: Particularities of Dissent and Coleridge’s Conversational Mode.” Studies in Romanticism 40.2 (Summer 2001): 175-98.

“Mary Shelley’s Valperga: Italy and the Revision of Romantic Aesthetics.” Mary Shelley’s Fictions: From Frankenstein to Falkner. Ed. Michael Eberle-Sinatra. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000. 75-94.

“The ‘Joineriana’: Anna Barbauld, the Aikin Family Circle, and the Dissenting Public Sphere.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 32.4 (Summer 1999): 511-33.

“Autobiography and Elegy: The Early ‘Romantic’ Poetics of Thomas Gray and Charlotte Smith.” Early Romantics: Perspectives in British Poetry from Pope to Wordsworth. Ed. Thomas Woodman. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. 57-69.


“Contexts: British Romanticism and the Religious World.” The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. Vol. 4. 3rd edn. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2018. 

Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works, 1811-38. Gen. ed. Lynda Pratt and Tim Fulford. Vol. 3. Poems from the Laureate Period, 1813-1823. Ed. Lynda Pratt, Daniel E. White, Ian Packer, Tim Fulford, and Carol Bolton. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012.

The Fall of Robespierre, by S.T. Coleridge and Robert Southey. Ed. Daniel E. White, with Sarah Copland and Stephen Osadetz. Romantic Circles, 2007. Electronic edition.

Robert Southey: Poetical Works, 1793-1810. Gen. ed. Lynda Pratt. Vol. 3. Thalaba the Destroyer. Ed. Tim Fulford, with Daniel E. White and Carol Bolton. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2004.


BA, Wesleyan University
MA / PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Administrative Service

Director of Graduate Studies