Faculty

Elaine Auyoung, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Professor Auyoung specializes in nineteenth-century British and European novels, realism, the phenomenology of reading, and cognitive and aesthetic approaches to the arts. Her first book manuscript, When Fiction Feels Real, is currently under contract with Oxford University Press, and her essays have appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.

Lois Cucullu, Associate Professor, Department of English

Professor Cucullu’s work spans Modern British and American literature, narrative and novel studies, modernism and modernity, Victorian literature and culture, gender studies and theory, popular culture and media.  She is the author of Expert Modernists, Matricide, and Modern Culture: Woolf, Forster, Joyce (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). She has published numerous essays, most recently in Novel, a Forum on Fiction and Disciplining Modernism (ed. Pamela Caughie; Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Her current project focuses on the fin de siècle and the advent of adolescence as it emerged as a new-found scientific object of knowledge and cultural phenomenon, examining the scientific record on adolescence alongside drama, sensation fiction, and material culture, especially fashion, in the closing decades of the 19th century forward.

Andrew Elfenbein, Professor, Department of English

Professor Elfenbein is the author of Romanticism and the Rise of English (Stanford 2009), Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role (Columbia 1999), and Byron and the Victorians (Cambridge 1995). He has also published numerous articles and book chapters, including “On the Trials of Oscar Wilde: Myths and Realities,” which appears online at BRANCH. His work in progress, The Gist of Reading, investigates scientific findings in the empirical study of reading with an eye toward providing better models of reading in literary studies.

Brian Goldberg, Associate Professor, Department of English

Hinging on the poetry and prose of the Romantic era, Professor Goldberg’s literary interests encompass both the Eighteenth and the Nineteenth centuries.  He has done extensive work with the Romantic poets of the Lake Country and is a scholar of poetics and poetic form. He is the author of The Lake Poets and Professional Identity (Cambridge, 2007) and his articles have appeared in Studies in Romanticism, Romanticism on the Net, Modern Language Quarterly, and English Literary History.

Michael Hancher, Professor, Department of English

Professor Hancher’s work in Victorian studies has engaged aspects of book history in works by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel, Charles Dickens, and the Scottish firm of Blackie and Son. He has also published accounts of poetry by Robert Browning and paintings by John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt. His interest in illustrated dictionaries, which display a tension between word and image, led to his recent role as president of the Dictionary Society of North America. His present research concerns the rise of English (both the global language and the academic discipline) in England, Scotland, and India, especially as prompted by Thomas Babington Macaulay and his allies. He has published articles in a range of journals, including Dickens Quarterly, Victorian Literature and Culture, Word and Image, EL: Studies in English Literature, and the Texas Law Review, and his essays have appeared in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 (Minnesota, 2016), Law and Language (Oxford, 2013), and Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies (Routledge, 2011), among others.

Gordon Hirsh, Professor Emeritus, Department of English

Professor Hirsch specializes in Victorian literature and the study of the novel.  With particular interests in the relationship of psychology and economics to literature, Prof. Hirsch has written extensively on some of the most influential and significant authors of the Nineteenth Century. His recent works reflect his current interest in Robert Louis Stevenson, and include articles published in Fiction and Drama, the Journal of Stevenson Studies, and Mosaic: a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature.

Amit Yahav, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Professor Yahav’s work focuses on eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novels, with special interest in aesthetics, political philosophy, and literary and cultural theory. She recently completed a book manuscript about qualitative duration in the literature of sensibility and is now turning to a new project about reason and feeling in political engagement. Her articles have appeared in PMLA, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Studies in Romanticism, Modern Language Notes, English Literary History, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction.