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Cornelia Pearsall

Professor and Chair of the department

email Send E-mail office Office: Pierce Hall 104 phone Phone: 585-3346

Office hours Fall 2014: T 1:00-3:00 & by appt.

Cornelia Pearsall earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. She teaches a variety of courses in Victorian literature and culture, including Victorian Sexualities; Victorian Medievalism (with Nancy Bradbury);Green Victoria, (Victorians and the environment); Victorian Imperialism, and Ghost Stories. Chair of the Poetry Center at Smith and a longtime member of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, she is also affiliated with three Concentrations: Archives, Book Studies, and Poetry

Professor Pearsall is the author of Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue (Oxford, 2008), a recipient of the Sonia Rudikoff Prize from the Northeast Victorian Studies Association.She has published articles on Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes, among others. She is currently completing a book on late Victorian poetry and imperial expansion, and is working on two other book projects; one on Victorian mourning and memoralization and the other on war poetry from Tennyson to Plath. Also in development are articles on Browning and trauma; Queen Victoria and melancholia; and Miss Marple and sexuality.