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Talia Schaffer
Position: Professor, Queens College. English
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Room Number: 4408
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Cornell University 1996.
Research Interests: Feminist ethics, nineteenth-century social practices, literature, and material culture; family and marital practices, disability studies, affective relations, domestic life, decorative arts, women’s history, noncanonical and popular fiction, aestheticism, gender and sexuality, women’s studies, cultural studies
Specialization: Cultural Studies|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|History of the Novel|Victorian Literature

Selected Publications:


  • Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction. Princeton University Press, 2021
  • The Routledge Companion to Victoria Literature, ed. Dennis Denisoff and Talia Schaffer. New York: Routledge, 2019
  • Romance’s Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016 - Awarded NAVSA Prize for best book in Victorian Studies, 2016.
  • Novel Craft: Fiction and the Victorian Domestic Handicraft. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011
  • Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle. 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

  Recent Articles and Book Chapters (past 5 years):
  • “The Medical Context: Disability, Injury, Illness, and Nursing in Persuasion,” Approaches to Teaching Jane Austen’s Persuasion, ed. Marcia McClintock Folsom and John Wiltshire, MLA, 2021, 201-206.
  • “Feminism and Canonicity.” The Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature, ed. Dennis Denisoff and Talia Schaffer, Routledge, 2019, 273-281
  • “Care Communities: Ethics, Fictions, Temporalities,” South Atlantic Quarterly 118:3 (July, 2019): 521-542. SAQ
  • “Reading Outward,” Victorian Studies 61:2 (2019): 248-254. VSResponse
  • “Why Lucy Doesn’t Care: Migration and Emotional Labor in Villette,” Novel 52:1 (Spring 2019): 84-106. VilletteNovel
  • “Some Chapter of Some Other Story: Henry James, Lucas Malet, and the Real Past of The Sense of the Past,” in Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays ed. Alexandra Gray and Jane Ford. Routledge, 2019, 165-182. Updated version of article originally published in The Henry James Review 1996. MaletJames
  • “Victorian Feminist Criticism: Recovery Work and the Care Community,” Victorian Literature and Culture, 47.1 (Spring 2019): 63-91. VLCFeministCare
  • “Introduction” to Cluster on Victorian Feminism, Victorian Literature and Culture, 47.1 (Spring 2019): 3-4. VLCintroduction
  • “Disabling Marriage: Communities of Care in Our Mutual Friend,” Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, ed. Jill Galvan and Elsie Michie (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2018), 192-210. DisablingMarriage
  • “Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century,” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 57:4 (Autumn 2017): 887-922.