Professor of English Language and Literature
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Cornelia Pearsall earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in English from Yale University.
Pearsall teaches a range of courses on Victorian and Modern literature and culture. Her book Tennyson's Rapture was published by Oxford University Press (2008), and she is working on another book, titled Imperial Tennyson, on the centrality of the poet laureate to late Victorian imperial expansion. Two other projects, a book on Victorian mourning and a collection of essays on war poetry from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, are in progress. Articles on Robert Browning, Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden and others have appeared in various journals, including Raritan, Victorian Literature and Culture and Victorian Poetry.
Pearsall's SWG cross-listed courses include ENG 284 Victorian Sexualities and a seminar on the Brontës. She has served on the Program Committee since 1996.