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Adam Potkay

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities & English

Office: Tucker Hall 137
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2-3:15 and by appointment (Spring 2024)
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Phone: 757-221-3914
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Areas of Specialization

Eighteenth-Century & Romantic Literature


hope_potkay.jpgPotkay, Adam.  Hope: A Literary History.  Cambridge University Press, March 2022.

Wordsworth's Ethics

Potkay, Adam. Wordsworth's Ethics. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.


Potkay, Adam. The Story of Joy: From the Bible to Late Romanticism. Cambridge UP, 2007.


Potkay, Adam, ed. Henry Fielding: The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews. (A Longman Cultural Edition, Susan J. Wolfson, ed.) Longman, 2007.


Potkay, Adam. The Passion for Happiness: Samuel Johnson and David Hume. 

Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2000.


Potkay, Adam, and Sandra Burr, eds. Black Atlantic Writers of the 18th Century: Living the New Exodus in England and the Americas. New York: St. Martin's, 1995.


Potkay, Adam. The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of Hume. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1994. 


B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Rutgers University