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Talia Schaffer
Position: Professor, Queens College. English
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Room Number: 4408
Office Hours: On leave
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Cornell University 1996.
Research Interests: 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

2018-2019: Schaffer is a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University

Selected Publications:


  • 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

Work in Progress:

  • “Critical Care”: an investigation of ethics of care as a method of reading Victorian disability, family, and social ties.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Disabling Marriage: Communities of Care in Our Mutual Friend,” Replotting Marrige in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, ed. Jill Galvan and Elsie Michie (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2018), 192-210.
  • “Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century,” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 57:4 (Autumn 2017): 887-922.
  • “The Sensational Story of West Lynne: The Problem With Professionalism,” Women’s Writing 23:2 (May 2016): 227-244.
  • “Disabling Marriage: Communities of Care in Our Mutual Friend” forthcoming in Re-Plotting Marriage: Engagement and Wedlock in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Jill Galvan and Elsie Michie. Under consideration at Routledge.
  • “Familiar Marriage: Cousin Love in Mansfield Park and Wuthering Heights.” Queer Victorian Families: Strange Relations in Literature. Ed. Duc Dau and Shale Preston. Routledge, 2015, 157-175. ReadingOnContrary 
  • “Why You Can’t Forgive Her: Vocational Women and the Suppressive Hypothesis.”Victorians Journal of Literature and Culture, Fall 2015. Guest-edited Deborah Denenholz Morse, editor Deborah Anna Logan. WhyYouCan’tForgiveHer
  • Extending Families: special issue of Victorian Review 39:2 (2013). Co-edited with Kelly Hager (Simmons College). “Introduction,” 7-21. VictorianReviewIntr