Virginia Jackson

UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric, Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Critical Theory
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1995, Comparative Literature


University of California, Irvine
Department of English
400 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

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Poetics; Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century American Poetry; Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture; the History of Literary Theory
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On Periodization: Selected Essays from the English Institute
Publications Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).
Winner of the 2006 Christian Gauss Award, Phi Beta Kappa
Winner of the 2005 Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book

(Ed.) On Periodization: Selected Papers from the English Institute (ACLS Humanities E-Book, 2010)

(Ed., with Yopie Prins), The Lyric Theory Reader (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

Before Modernism: The Invention of American Poetry (Princeton University Press, forthcoming).

Selected Articles and Reviews

"The Function of Criticism at the Present Time," Los Angeles Review of Books, April, 2015

"American Victorian Poetry," The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Felluga (London: Wiley Blackwell, 2015)

“Longfellow in His Time,” Chapter 9 of the Cambridge History of American Poetry, ed. Alfred Bendixon and Stephen Burt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Introduction, Raw Data is an Oxymoron (with Lisa Gitelman) (MIT Press, 2012)

"Please Don't Call it History," (2011)

“The Poet as Poetess,” for The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, ed. Kerry Larson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

“Lyric,” entry for the new edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman, general editors (Princeton University Press, 2012).

“Who Reads Poetry?” in PMLA, vol. 123, no. 2, January, 2008, 181-187.

“The Story of Boon; or, Parables of the Poetess,” in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance (special issue on nineteenth-century American poetry, December, 2008).

“Thinking Dickinson Thinking Poetry,” in The Blackwell Companion to Emily Dickinson, ed. Mary Loeffelholz and Martha Nell Smith (Blackwell Publishing, 2008).
“Bryant’s Romanticism,” in The Traffic in Poems: Nineteenth-Century Trans-Atlantic Poetry, ed. Meredith McGill (Rutgers University Press, 2008),.

“Transatlantic Bryant,” Introduction, special issue of Victorian Poetry on American Victorian Poetry 43:2 (Summer 2005).

“The Poetess and Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets,” Poetess Archive Journal (April 2007), Vol. 1 No. 1

“Dickinson Undone,” Raritan (Spring, 2005), Vol. XXIV, Number 4, 128-148.

“Poetry and Experience,” Raritan (Fall 2000), Vol. XX, Number 2., 126-135.

“Poe, Longfellow, and the Institution of Poetry,” Poe Studies. Vol. 33, numbers 1 and 2, 2000. 23-28.

“Longfellow’s Tradition; or, Picture-Writing a Nation,” Modern Language Quarterly 59:4 (December 1998). 471-496.

“Lyrical Studies” (with Yopie Prins), Victorian Literature and Culture 27:2 (Fall 1999). 521-530.
Grant National Endowment for the Humanities, 2011-2012
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