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Talia Schaffer
Position: Professor, Queens College. English
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Cornell University 1996.
Research Interests: Nineteenth-century literature and material culture; domestic realism; marriage plot; disability studies; decorative arts; noncanonical writers; aestheticism; women's writing; cultural studies; late-Victorian literature and culture; feminism and canon revision.
Specialization: Cultural Studies|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|History of the Novel|Victorian Literature


Selected Publications:


  • Novel Craft: Fiction and the Victorian Domestic Handicraft New York: Oxford University Press, 2011
  • Literature and Culture at the Fin de Si├Ęcle Edited, selected, and annotated 700-pp. teaching anthology Addison-Wesley Longman & Company, 2006
  • The History of Sir Richard Calmady, by Lucas Malet Edited, wrote introduction and notes Birmingham University Press, 2003
  • The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000  
  • Women and British Aestheticism. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999 Co-edited collection, with Kathy A. Psomiades, Duke University

Work in Progress:

  • Familiar Marriage: Rereading the Victorian Marriage Plot Rethinks the marriage plot in Victorian fiction by tracing an alternative idea of marriage, ‘familiar marriage,’ that provided a powerful counterweight to romantic unions.
  • Extending Families: special issue of Victorian Review co-editing with Kelly Hager (Simmons CollegePresents invited work from the most recent scholarship in family history.
  • Entries on “Domesticity” and “Lucas Malet” for The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.

Recent Book Chapters:

  • “Aestheticism and Sensation Fiction.” The Companion to Sensation Fiction. Ed. Pamela Gilbert. Blackwell, 2010.
  • “The Novel and the New Woman.” Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel. Edited Lisa Rodensky. Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • “Women’s Writing.” Teaching Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Edited Andrew Maunder and Jennifer Phegley. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, 75-90.
  • “Women’s Work: The History of the Victorian Domestic Handicraft.” Forthcoming in Artistry and Industry: The Crafting of the Woman Professional, 1830-1890. Ed. Tricia Zakreski and Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi. Ashgate, 2012.
  • “Maiden Pairs: The Sororal Romance in The Clever Woman of the Family.” Victorian Antifeminism. Ed. Tamara Silvia Wagner. Cambria Press, 2009, 97-115.

Recent Articles:

  • “Familiar and Romantic Marriage: Rethinking the Victorian Marriage Plot,” under consideration at Victorian Studies.
  • “Berlin-Wool Work” Victorian Review 34:1 (2008), 38-43.
  • “Women and Domestic Culture,” Victorian Literature and Culture 35 (2007): 385-395.