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Cornelia Pearsall

Cornelia Pearsall

Cornelia Pearsall received her doctorate in English literature from Yale University. A professor in Smith’s Department of English Language and Literature and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, she is also on the advisory boards of three concentrations at Smith: archives, book studies and poetry. She has written widely on subjects concerning Victorian and modern literature and culture, including war poetry and the literature of mourning and memorialization, and is the author of a prize-winning study of Victorian poetry, Tennyson’s Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue.

Pearsall teaches courses on a range of subjects, such as Victorian sexualities, Victorian medievalism, and Victorians and the environment, as well as classes on specific authors (such as The Brontës) and the first-year seminar Ghosts.