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:

I am Emeritus Professor of English, Birkbeck, University of London, a Fellow of the British Academy and International Scholar of the American Academy. My research interests comprise the long nineteenth century, particularly women’s poetry and experimental poetry of the twenty first century. Indicative publications are Victorian Poetry. Poetry, Poetics and Politics (1993, second revised edition, 2019), The Radical Aesthetic (2000), Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination,1830-1880 (2008), Novel Politics. Democratic Imaginations in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (2016). Victorian Glassworlds received the John Russell Lowell Prize in 2009. I am currently working on women’s 19thC poetry and illustration (the steel plate, woodblock, photogravure), an essay on the poetics of the caesura and a collection of essays for Edinburgh University Press.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

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

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

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-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. 

02-Aug-2013 Syntax

Articles

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

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

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-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-Aug-2013 Unbuilt Britain

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

01-Apr-2013 Northeast Victorian Studies Association

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

01-Apr-2013 '1874'

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

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

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

01-Mar-2013 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

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

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

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

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

Browning Anniversary Seminar. Birkbeck, University of London.

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

University of Sheffield, Department of English. Lecture.

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

University of Southampton, Department of English. Lecture.

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

Browning Centenary conference. Baylor University, USA.

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

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

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.

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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