Charles LaPorte

Charles LaPorte is an associate professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. He works on nineteenth-century poetics, especially on the intersection of poetic theory and religious discourses. His first book, Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible (2011) examines how Victorian poets wrestled with the implications of modern Biblical criticism. His more recent work explores the implications of Shakespeare’s quasi-religious place in Victorian literary culture. His essays have appeared in journals like ELH, SEL, Victorian Poetry, and Victorian Literature and Culture. With Jason Rudy, he has co-edited a special issue of Victorian Poetry called “Spasmodic Poetry and Poetics,” and with Deanna Kreisel, Sebastian Lecourt, and Anne Stiles, he is presently editing a group of essays on New Religious Movements (NRMs) for Nineteenth-Century Literature. From his office window, he can see Lake Washington and the northern face of Mount Ranier, as well as the spire of St. Joseph’s Church, a Seattle landmark that his great-grandfather helped to build in the 1920s; such things doubtless contribute to his long-standing preoccupation with the religious elements of Romantic and post-Romantic literary culture.

Selected publications on historical poetics:

“The Dramatic Monologue.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, eds. Dino Felluga, Pamela Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes. Blackwell/Wiley, 2015: 474-479.

“Victorian Poetry and Form.” Victorian Literature: Criticism and Debates, eds. Lee Behlman and Anne Longmuir. Routledge, 2015: 37-46.

“Aurora Leigh, A Life-Drama, and Victorian Poetic Autobiography.” SEL: Studies in English Literature 53.4 (Autumn 2013): 829-851. [Winner, Monroe K. Spears Award for 2013]

Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible (University of Virginia Press, 2011) [Winner, Sonya Rudikoff Prize]