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Harrington, Emily Marie

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research overview

  • Emily Harrington works on Victorian poetry, 19th century British literature, aestheticism, women writers and poetics. Her book, Second Person Singular: Late Victorian Women Poets and the Bonds of Verse, came out in the Victorian Literature and Culture Series at the University of Virginia Press in 2014. Her essays have appeared in Victorian Poetry, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Literature Compass, and the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry. She is currently working on ideas about waiting, delay, deferral and temporality in Victorian poetry.


  • Victorian poetry, fin-de-siècle culture, women writers, poetics


selected publications


courses taught

  • ENGL 1250 - Introduction to Global Women's Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces global literature by women. Covers both poetry and fiction and varying historical periods. Acquaints students with the contribution of women writers to the literary tradition and investigates the nature of this contribution. Same as WGST 1250.
  • ENGL 2016 - Children�s Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    This course examines classics of children�s literature. Students will read a wide range of genres written for children, from fantasy to adventure to fairy tales to realistic fiction. We will discuss how ideas about childhood change over time as well as how one of the most lucrative parts of the publishing industry wields a wide cultural influence.
  • ENGL 2017 - World Genres
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Explores literary form and language in a wide range of cultures, introducing students to the global English literary tradition, comprising multiple lineages. Introduces students to poetry, narrative, drama, orality, media, digitality, and/or other genres drawn from diverse traditions, each locally historicized and contextualized.
  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2024
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 3026 - Syntax, Citation, Analysis: Writing About Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023
    Students hone their writing skills by closely analyzing the language in literary texts. The course will focus on the nuances of sentence structure and grammar, in order to help students become better writers and readers. Students will learn how to perform research in literary criticism and will write and revise a research paper, as well as a number of other short papers for different audiences. Students will learn and use citation methods within the discipline and will discuss the reasoning behind citational practice. Recommended prerequisite: completion of lower-division writing requirement.
  • ENGL 3060 - Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Close study of significant 20th-century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present.
  • ENGL 3604 - Victorian Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    This course studies how literature and culture represent the upheavals of the nineteenth century, including industrialization, the science of evolution, and the expansion of the British Empire. Realist, Gothic, and Sensation novels thrived during this period and people turned to poetry to mourn, to celebrate, to seduce, and to inspire. This literature helped to establish literary forms and social and political ideas that remain influential today.
  • ENGL 3856 - Topics in Genre Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies special topics in genre studies; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4277 - Topics in Women's Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Focuses on areas of research interest in the study of women's literature, such as selected themes or critical issues. Students are expected to contribute original research to the topic under consideration. Same as WGST 4277.
  • ENGL 4820 - Honors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Prepares prospective honors students to write honors theses. Focuses on sharpening the skills needed to write a successful thesis, including research techniques and the ability to evaluate and respond to secondary materials. Required for Honors in English Literature.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2023
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5059 - British Literature and Culture After 1800
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Introduces graduate level study of Romantic, Victorian, Modern and Postmodern writing. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WGST 4277 - Topics in Women's Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Focuses on areas of research interest in the study of women's literature, such as selected themes or critical issues. Students are expected to contribute original research to the topic under consideration. Same as ENGL 4277.


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