Talia Schaffer

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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


  • Ph.D., Cornell University 1996.


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Queens College

Selected Publications:


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  • 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 Double-Edged Sword: Academic Pacing in a Pandemic,” NCC fall 2021 DOI: 10.1080/08905495.2021.1976018 [doi.org]
  • “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.

recent courses:

  • Imagining Domestic Labor in the British Nineteenth Century (Fall 2023)
  • Gender and the Archive: The History, Theory, and Practice of Victorian Feminist Criticism (Spring 2022)
  • Disability Studies, Bodies, and Care Relations in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Spring 2021)
Talia Schaffer - Professor -  profile photo


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Queens College