Talia Schaffer

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Research Interests

Nineteenth-century literature and material culture; domestic realism; marriage plot; ethics of care; disability studies; decorative arts; noncanonical writers; aestheticism; women’s writing; cultural studies; late-Victorian literature and culture; feminism and canon revision.

Selected Publications

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Romance’s Rival: Familiar Marriage and Victorian Fiction, Oxford University Press, 2016. Winner: Best Book of 2016, North American Victorian Studies Association.

Novel Craft: Fiction and the Victorian Domestic Handicraft, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle, Addison-Wesley Longman & Company, 2006. Edited, selected, and annotated 700-pp. teaching anthology.

The History of Sir Richard Calmady, by Lucas Malet, Birmingham University Press, 2003. Edited, wrote introduction and notes.

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

“Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction,” forthcoming from Princeton University Press, 2021

“Why Lucy Doesn’t Care: Migration and Emotional Labor in Villette,” Novel 52:1 (Spring 2019): 84-106.

“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.

“Victorian Feminist Criticism: Recovery Work and the Care Community,” Victorian Literature and Culture, 47.1 (Spring 2019): 63-91. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150318001304

“Common Good, Not Common Despair,” coauthored with Carolyn Betensky, Seth Kahn, Maria Maistro. Profession 2018. https://profession.mla.org/common-good-not-common-despair/

“Canon,” Victorian Literature and Culture 46.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2018): 594-597.

“Disabling Marriage: Communities of Care in Our Mutual Friend,Re-Plotting Marriage: Engagement and Wedlock in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Jill Galvan and Elsie Michie. Columbus: Ohio State, 2018, 192-210.

“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.

“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.

“The Sensational Story of West Lynne: The Problem with Professionalism,” Women’s Writing (January 2016): 1-18. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09699082.2015.1130287.

“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, 15-34.

“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. Awarded Honorable Mention for Best Article of 2015, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies.