Cornelia Pearsall

Professor of English Language & Literature

Cornelia Pearsall

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2018
Wednesday, 10 a.m.–noon
And by appointment.

Pierce Hall 104



Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Yale University


Cornelia Pearsall is the author of Tennyson’s Rapture (Oxford, 2008) and articles on Robert Browning, the Duke of Wellington, Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes, among others. She is completing a book titled Imperial Disappearance: Tennyson and the Expansion of England, on the interrelation of late Victorian poetry and imperial expansion, and is working on two other books—one on Victorian mourning and memorialization and the other on war poetry from Tennyson to Plath. Other projects study Browning and trauma; Queen Victoria and melancholia; and Miss Marple and sexuality.  

She teaches a wide range of courses on Victorian and Modernist literature and culture, including Green Victoria; Victorian Mourning and Memorialization; Victorian Sexualities; and the upcoming Bloomsbury and Sexuality. A longtime member of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Pearsall is also on the advisory boards of three concentrations: Archives, Book Studies, and Poetry, and she is currently serving as the interim chair of Africana studies.

Selected Publications

Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue. Oxford University Press, 2008. Recipient of the Sonia Rudikoff Prize.

"Human and Nonhuman in Hawaii: Agency, Elegy, Ecology," Victorian Studies (2016)

"Blank Verse and the Expansion of England: The Meter of Tennyson's Demeter," in Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century (Ohio, 2011)

"The War Remains of Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes," in The Oxford Handbook of Twentieth-Century British and Irish War Poetry (Oxford, 2007)

"Whither, Whether, Woolf: Victorian Poetry and A Room of One's Own," Victorian Poetry (2003)

"Burying the Duke: Victorian Mourning and the Funeral of the Duke of Wellington," Victorian Literature and Culture (1999)

"The Poet and the Postwar City," Auden Rediscovered, Raritan (1997)

"Browning and the Poetics of the Sepulchral Body," Victorian Poetry (1992)