Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Dr Veronica Alfano

Dr Veronica Alfano

Religion and Theology, Philosophy

BA (Harvard), MA, PhD (Princeton)

Veronica Alfano’s areas of research include Victorian poetry and poetics, lyric theory, gender and sexuality, ethics and aesthetics, and media studies.  In addition to serving as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, she is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology.  Her research has been funded by the European Commission, the William Morris Society of the United States, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  She has published articles and chapters in venues such as Victorian Poetry, Victorians:  A Journal of Culture and Literature, Feminist Studies in English Literature, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and the collection Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle:  Libidinal Lives.  With Andrew Stauffer, she is co-editor of Virtual Victorians:  Networks, Connections, Technologies (Palgrave, 2015); with Lee O’Brien, she is putting together a special issue of Victorian Poetry on the topic of “Gender and Genre” (forthcoming in 2019).

Dr. Alfano’s first monograph, The Lyric in Victorian Memory:  Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman, explores the links among mnemonic form, cultural nostalgia, and memory as a theme in lyric verse.  She asks what past-oriented poetry reveals not only about Victorian remembrance but also about the relationships between lyric and narrative and between gender and genre.  This book is forthcoming from Palgrave in November 2017.  Her second book, co-authored with her husband Mark Alfano and tentatively titled Mourning Texts as Literature and Philosophy:  Still Lives, is newly under contract with Routledge.

Key Publications

The Lyric in Victorian Memory:  Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman.  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Virtual Victorians:  Networks, Connections, Technologies (co-edited with Andrew Stauffer).  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

‘Technologies of Forgetting:  Phonographs, Lyric Voice, and Rossetti’s Woodspurge’.  Victorian Poetry 55.2 (Summer 2017).

‘A. E. Housman’s Ballad Economies’.  In Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives, edited by Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates, and Patricia Pulham.  New York:  Routledge, 2016.

‘“If He caught me here, / O’erheard this speech”:  Audience, Performance, and Genre in Browning’s “Caliban upon Setebos”’. Victorians:  A Journal of Culture and Literature 123 (Spring 2013):  52-65.

‘Remembering Christina Rossetti:  Dead Women and the Afterlife of Lyric.”  Feminist Studies in English Literature 17.2 (Winter 2009):  5-40.

“Generic Collaboration and Lyric Betrayal:  A Reading of Tennyson’s The Princess.”  Critical Matrix 18 (Fall 2009):  34-57.