Professor, Humanities and English and Director, Honors Program
George Erving is a scholar of the British Romantic era and its intersections with contemporary culture. He takes special interest in the ways that imaginative works by Romantic period authors inform and are informed by contemporary research in four interrelated fields—cognitive neuroscience, analytic idealism, Buddhist philosophy, and the emerging field of psychedelic studies—each of which refutes our culture’s prevailing belief in the material nature of reality by arguing instead that the material world is a manifestation of consciousness. He is the author of scholarly essays published by Oxford, Blackwell, European Romantic Review, and other journals on the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, British Romantic period drama, mimetic theory, European intellectual history, and psychedelic studies. He holds a Ph.D. in British Literature and is the Susan Resneck Pierce Professor of Honors, Humanities, and English. He teaches in each of these areas while also directing the university’s Honors Program.