Anya Taylor

Anya Taylor

Anya Taylor
Professor Emerita


Anya Taylor, Ph.D., has been Professor of English since 1979. She joined the faculty at John Jay in 1970. She has published Erotic Coleridge: Women, Love, and the Law against Divorce (Palgrave, 2005); Bacchus in Romantic England: Writers and Drink 1780-1830 (Macmillan and St. Martin's, 1999); Coleridge: On Humanity (Macmillan and St. Martin's, 1994); Coleridge's Defense of the Human (Ohio State Univ.Press, 1986); and Magic and English Romanticism (Univ. of Georgia Press, 1979). She has edited two volumes of The Wordsworth Circle on special topics: "Criminal Justice" and "Romanticism" and "The Occult in Romanticism." Her articles have appeared in SEL, Studies in Romanticism, Essays in Literature, The Wordsworth Circle, Modern Language Quarterly, European Romantic Review, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Since 1985 she has developed and taught the course "Literature and Alcohol," one of the first such courses in the country.

Scholarly Work

Publications since 2005


Erotic Coleridge: Women, Love, and the Law Against Divorce (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).  Reviewed in The Wordsworth Circle 2006; in Romanticism on the Net 2007;  in European Romantic Review 2008; in Studies in Romanticism 2008; in Romantic Circles Reviews 2010; in The Coleridge Bulletin 2008.

Articles and chapters in books

“Coleridge’s Self-Representations,” in Frederick Burwick, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 107-124. 

“`A Sylph Beguiled’: The Riddle of `The Pang More Sharp than All, “ The Coleridge Bulletin 36 (2010), 1-7.

“Coleridge’s `Fire, Famine, Slaughter’: The Vendee, Rage, and Hypostasized Allegory,” European Romantic Review, 21, 6 (December 2010), 711-725.

 “Deceptions and Performances: review article on Milnes and Sinanan, Romanticism, Sincerity, and Authenticity and Esterhammer, Romanticism and Improvisation 1750-1850 in European Romantic Review 23, 4 (2012), 517-523.

 “Catherine the Great: Coleridge, Byron, and Erotic Politics on the Eastern Front,” RaVon: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 62 (October 2012), 11 pp.

“Cultural aspects: illustrations of alcohol use in literature,” in Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, et al, eds., Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 30-33.


Ruth Perry, Novel Relations: The Transformation of Kinship in English Literature and Culture 1748-1818, The Wordsworth Circle 36, 4 (2005), 188.  

Morton D. Paley’s Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Fine Arts, Studies in Romanticism 51, 2 (2012), 277-280.

Kristin Flieger Samuelian, Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821, in Keats-Shelley Journal 61, 2012, pp. 144-145.

Papers delivered at Conferences

“`The Pang More Sharp than All’: Allegory and Psychology,” Coleridge Conference, July 2010.

“Coleridge and Catherine the Great,” Coleridge Conference, July 2012.

“Moving to an Afterlife: Coleridge’s Poetic and Philosophical Spirals,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism 2013 (Boston)

“Discerning Order in Coleridge’s Scattered Hopes for an Afterlife”, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism 2014 (Washington, D.C.).

“Coleridge and Perishability,” Coleridge Conference, 2014.


Mark Taylor, Reading King Lear: A Modern Commentary (Fairview, N.C.: Pegasus Press, 2010), 175 pp. A posthumous publication.