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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:


  • 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

Work in Progress:

  • Care Communities: Victorian Fiction and an Ethic of Critical Solidarity: an investigation of ethics of care as a method of reading Victorian disability, family, and social ties (under advance contract), forthcoming, Princeton University Press, fall 2021. 

  Recent Articles and Book Chapters (past 5 years):
  • “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.
  • “Charlotte Brontë and Disability Studies,” Victorian Review 42:2 (Fall 2016): 265-269. VictorianReview
  • “The Silent Treatment of The Wings of the Dove: Ethics of Care and Late-James Style,” The Henry James Review 37:3 (Fall 2016): 233-245. WingsOfDove
  • “The Sensational Story of West Lynne: The Problem With Professionalism,” Women’s Writing 23:2 (May 2016): 227-244. WestLynne
  • “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. (Selected for Honorable Mention for Best Article of 2015, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies.)
  • “Why You Can’t Forgive Her: Vocational Women and the Suppressive Hypothesis.”Victorians Journal of Literature and Culture. Edited Deborah Denenholz Morse, Deborah Logan. Fall 2015, 15-35. WhyYouCan’tForgiveHer