Michael E. Sinatra

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Michael E. Sinatra is Professor of English at the University of Montréal. Trained as a Romanticist at Oxford and a specialist of Leigh Hunt, he has been involved in electronic publications and digital humanities for twenty years. He is the founding editor of the SSHRC-funded electronic peer-reviewed journal, Romanticism on the Net (founded in 1996 in Oxford and hosted on the Érudit platform since 2002), which expanded its focus into the Victorian period in 2007, changing its name to Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN). Alongside Marcello Vitali-Rosati, he launched an innovative publication series entitled “Parcours numériques” in the spring of 2014, which includes their volume Manuel des pratiques de l’édition numérique. He is also the team leader of the “Groupe de recherche sur les éditions critiques en contexte numérique.”



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Michael E. Sinatra, « Representing Leigh Hunt’s Autobiography », in Veronica Alfano, Andrew Stauffer, (éds.). Virtual Victorians : Networks, Connections, Technologies, éds. Veronica Alfano et Andrew Stauffer, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, p. 107‑119.

That study attempted to elaborate the problematic of [Leigh Hunt's] position within the London literary and political scene between the years 1805 and1828, the contributions he made to British literature and journalism, and his public standing at the end of the romantic period. Since Hunt's life is obviously too complex to be rendered fully in any single study, the idea was not to attempt an exhaustive history, but rather to present a starting point for further inquiry into Hunt's career as a writer and public figure under the reign of Queen Victoria. [...]


Michael E. Sinatra, « Totally Clueless : Heckerling and Queer Sexuality in Austen’s « Emma » », in Abigail Burnham Bloom, Mary Sanders Pollock, (éds.). Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation, éds. Abigail Burnham Bloom et Mary Sanders Pollock, New York, Cambria Press, 2011, p. 123‑133.

This chapter offers a new reading of the sexual politics that are at play in Jane Austen's 1816 « Emma » through the exploration of film director Amy Heckerling's retelling of Austen's original story. Heckerling's 1995 film, « Clueless », can be understood as a free translation of « Emma » which allows an interrogation of some of the novel's received readings, especially those related to its male characters. [...]


The regency revisited, éds. Tim Fulford et Michael E. Sinatra, 1st ed. 2015 edition, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 224 p.

For poetry in England, the Regency years (1811-1820) were a time of cultural revolution, with key figures such as Robert Southey and Leigh Hunt. Revisiting the wide impact of this period, this collection shows not only how the Regency transformed Romanticism but also literature, re-conceptualizing how scholars view what it means to be Romantic.

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