Professor Isobel Armstrong

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Name:
Professor Isobel Armstrong
Qualifications:
FBA. BA, PhD Leicester
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Institute:
Institute of English Studies
Location:
Birkbeck
Phone:
01392 264361
Email address:
isobel.armstrong@logic-net.co.uk
Website:
http://isobelarmstrong.tripod.com/

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
English Literature
Summary of research interests and expertise:

To change the way nineteenth-century poetry is read by restoring women's poetry to its prominent place and by attending to the importance of print culture, making the periodical a structural part of research; to rethink the category of the aesthetic in response to a long period in which the hermeneutics of suspicion set aside a range of aesthetic and philosophical questions; glass, technology, and text in the nineteenth century, seeks an alternative to the methods of contemporary cultural theory, speculating on a method for thinking of the way a material enters the world of the text; debates on the Crystal Palace drawn from periodicals and newspapers; poems on glass
 

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jan-2014 Anna Letitia Barbauld: A Unitarian Poetics

Edited Book

 ‘Anna Letitia Barbauld: A Unitarian Poetics?’, Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives, ed. William McCarthy, Olivia Murphy. Lewisburg: Bucknall University Press, 2014, pp. 59-81.

01-Jul-2014 Steve Connor’s Lightness of Being

 ‘Steve Connor’s Lightness of Being’, Critical Quarterly, 56 2 (July 2014), 86-88.

01-May-2013 'George Eliot, Spinoza, and the Emotions'

Articles

A Companion to George Eliot. Ed. Amanda Anderson and Harry E. Shaw. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Pp. 294-308.

01-Jan-2013 Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in honour of Barbara Hardy

Edited Book

Ed, with William Baker. London: Legenda, 2013.

01-Jan-2013 'Abjection and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: When is Human Not a Human?'

Chapters

Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy. Ed. Isobel Armstrong and William Baker. London: Legenda, 2013. pp. 145-151

02-Aug-2013 Syntax

Articles

 ‘Syntax’, Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, ed. Mathew Bevis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 112-129.

01-Sep-2013 George Eliot, Spinoza and the Emotions

Edited Book

 ‘George Eliot, Spinoza and the Emotions’, A Companion to George Eliot, ed. Amanda Anderson, Harry E. Shaw, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 294-308.

01-Sep-2013 Syntax’, Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry

Edited Book

 ‘Syntax’, Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, ed. Mathew Bevis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 112-129.

01-Sep-2013 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

Edited Book

 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, No 17, 2013, Birkbeck’s Online Journal.‘Theories of Space and the Nineteenth-Century Novel’, pp. 1-21. 

01-Jan-2012 'Spaces of the Nineteenth Century'

Articles

Kate Flint, ed. The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. pp. 757-597.

01-Jan-2012 'The Pre-Raphaelites and Literature'

Articles

Elizabeth Prettejohn, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Pre-Raphaelites. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. pp. 15-31

01-Jan-2012 'Sally Ledger'

Research aids

Dictionary of National Biography. May 2012.

01-Jan-2011 'Meter and Meaning'

Chapters

Jason David Paul, ed. Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Nineteenth Century. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2011. pp. 26-52

01-Jan-2010 Poems

in Infinite Difference, Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, ed. Carrie Etter, Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2010, 17-25.

01-Jan-2010 ‘Harriet Martineau and India: On not writing accusatory history’

Chapters

Chapter in: Harriet Martineau. Authorship, Society, and Empire, ed. Ella Dzelzainis, Cora Kaplan, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010, 214-30.

01-Jan-2009 ‘Transatlantic Scholarship in Victorian Literature and Culture’

(Journal article) 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 5, 2009, 1-9.

01-Jan-2009 Review of Herbert Tucker 'Epic'

Victorian Studies, 51, 2 (2009), 387-90.

01-Jan-2009 ‘Introduction’, The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter

‘Introduction’, The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter. Haydn’s Tuneful Voice, ed. Caroline Grigson, Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 56, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009, 1-11.

01-Jan-2008 Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination

OUP, 2008. James Russell Lowell Prize, awarded by the Modern Language Association, December, 2009, for the best Book published during 2008

01-Jan-2003 '"Casa Guidi Windows": Spectacle and Politics in 1851'

Chapters

'"Casa Guidi Windows": Spectacle and Politics in 1851' in Unfolding the South: Nineteenth-century British Women Artists in Italy, ed. by Alison Chapman and Jane Stabler ( Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2003)

01-Jan-2000 The Radical Aesthetic

Blackwell Publishers, Oxford

01-Jan-2000 Technology and Text: Glass Consciousness and Nineteenth-Century Culture?, Culture, Landscape, and the Environment

ed. Kate Flint, Howard Morphy, Oxford University Press

Introduction to Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy

Chapters

Ed. Isobel Armstrong and William Baker. London: Legenda, 2013. pg. 2-10

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
01-Jun-2014 The Work of Gaston Bachelard

 June 2014, Psychoanalysis Seminar, University of London (IES), Convener, Emma Francis. ‘The Work of Gaston Bachelard’.

01-Nov-2013 Twenty Years of Victorian Poetry

 Seminar on my Victorian Poetry. Poetry Politics and Poetics.‘Twenty Years of Victorian Poetry’, Birkbeck, November 2013: Convener, Ana Parejo Vadillo. Respondents: Gregory Tate, Richard Cronin.

01-Aug-2013 Unbuilt Britain

Participation in Channel 4 Documentary, ‘Unbuilt Britain’, August 12, 2013

01-Mar-2013 'The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Reading for a Democratic Imagination?'

Johns Hopkins University, Department of English, USA. Public lecture.

13-Mar-2013 'Browning's Modernity and Optical Culture'

INCS (Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference), Charlottesville, University of Virginia, USA. Panel.

01-Apr-2013 '1874'

NVSA (Northeast Victorian Studies Association), Boston, USA. Plenary Panel.

01-Mar-2013 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS), March 2013, ‘Browning’s Modernity and Optical Culture’.

01-Apr-2013 Northeast Victorian Studies Association

Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA), ‘1874’, April 2013. Plenary Panel on Conference theme, 1874.

01-Nov-2013 University of Chicago, November 2013, conference on the English Novel

 University of Chicago, November 2013, conference on the English Novel: ‘Where William and Henry Meet: The Golden Bowl’.

01-Nov-2013 Towards a Perlocutionary Poetics

 University of Chicago Center for Poetics, November 2013. Discussion of my unpublished essay ‘Towards a Perlocutionary Poetics’.

01-Jan-2012 ‘Anna Letitia Barbauld and Joanna Baillie: A Unitarian Poetics?’

Anna Letitia Barbauld in Twenty Hundred and Twelve. Chawton House Library. May 2012.

01-Jan-2012 ‘Browning’s Generic Plenitudes’

Re-assessing the Dramatic Monologue in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Royal Holloway University of London, June 2012.

01-Jan-2012 ‘The Nineteenth-Century Novel and the Democratic Imagination’

University of Sussex Graduate Lecture. February, 2012.

01-Jan-2012 ‘George Eliot and Spinoza’

Reading and Reception Studies Seminar. Institute of English Studies, University of London. May, 2012.

15-Jul-2012 'Browning's Generic Plenitudes'

Robert Browning and Victorian Poetry at 200. Royal Holloway, University of London.

15-Nov-2012 'Browning's Modernity and Optical Culture'

Browning Centenary conference. Baylor University, USA.

19-Nov-2012 'The Nineteenth-Century Novel and the Democratic Imagination'

University of Southampton, Department of English. Lecture.

01-Dec-2012 'The Nineteenth-Century Novel and the Democratic Imagination'

University of Sheffield, Department of English. Lecture.

15-Dec-2012 'Browning's Modernity and Optical Culture'

Browning Anniversary Seminar. Birkbeck, University of London.

01-Jan-2011 ‘Many-coloured Glass, Aerial Images and the Work of the Lens: Romantic Poetry and Optical Culture’

Warton Lecture on English Poetry. British Academy. May, 2011.

01-Jan-2011 ‘The Ninteenth-Century Novel and the Democratic Imagination’

Kathleen Banks Lecture. November 2011.

01-Jan-2011 ‘The traffic in representation: the case of Kipling’s Kim’

Commodities and Migration project conference. New York University. December, 2011.

01-Jan-2011 ‘Reflections on Glass’

What is to become of the Crystal Palace? The Crystal Palace after 1851. University of York. June, 2011.

01-Jan-2011 ‘Abjection and the Nineteenth-Century Novel’

Re-Imagining the Brontës. University of Warwick with Institute of English Studies. November 2011.

01-Jan-2011 ‘George Eliot and Spinoza’

Wandering Feelings: The Transmission of Emotion in the Long Nineteenth Century. Queen Mary University of London. November, 2011.

01-Jan-2011 ‘The Nineteenth-Century Novel and the Democratic Imagination’

Conference in Honour of Professor Joanne Shattock. November 2011.

01-Jan-2010 ‘Many Coloured Glass: Romantic Poetry and Mediation’

Haverford College Mellon Symposium, ‘Mediums, Media, and Mediation’, March, 2010.

01-Jan-2010 ‘Optical Media and Poetry in the Nineteenth Century: the Phantasmagoria and the Photograph’

Lisbon University, 2010.

01-Jan-2009 Round Table on Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830-80,

Journal of Victorian Culture, 14, 1 (Spring 2009). Participants: Clare Pettit, Marcia Pointon, Bruce Robbins, Isobel Armstrong.

01-Jan-2009 ‘Sense and Sensibility: William James and Henry James and The Golden Bowl’

(Plenary Lecture) Harvard University Cognitive Studies and British Literature Seminars, October, 2009.

01-Jan-2009 ‘Metre and Meaning: Hegel’s Theory of Metre’

(Principal speaker) Rushton Seminar, University of Virginia, November, 2009.

01-Jan-2003 Chair, Eighth British Council Seminar, 'Places and Spaces'

Chair, Eighth British Council Seminar, 'Places and Spaces', Delphi. Greece (September 6-13, 2003)

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