Virginia Jackson

JacksonVirginia Jackson is UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric and Critical Theory in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine.  She is the author of Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton UP, 2005), which won the Christian Gauss Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book.  She is the editor of On Periodization:  Selected Essays from the English Institute (ACLS E-Book, 2010; Meredith McGill, series editor) and, with Yopie Prins, the co-editor of The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014).  Her next book, Before Modernism: The Invention of American Poetry is forthcoming from Princeton UP.  Her essays in historical poetics have appeared in PMLA, MLQ, Victorian Poetry, Studies in Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.  In her current project, she is thinking about versions of nineteenth-century America in the work of a few contemporary black poets in the US.  She is one of the founding members of the Historical Poetics working group.

Selected publications on poetry and poetics:

Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading 

On Periodization

The Lyric Theory Reader

“Specters of the Ballad,” forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Literature, 70:2 (September 2016).

“American Romanticism, Again,” forthcoming in Studies in Romanticism 57.1 (September 2016)

“The Cadence of Consent: Francis Barton Gummere, Lyric Rhythm, and White Poetics,” forthcoming in Critical Rhythm, ed. Jonathan Culler and Ben Glaser (Fordham UP)

“The Function of Criticism at the Present Time,” Los Angeles Review of Books, April, 2015

“American Victorian Poetry,” The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Felluga et al (London: Wiley Blackwell, 2015)

“Longfellow in His Time,” Chapter 11 of the Cambridge History of American Poetry, ed. Alfred Bendixon and Stephen Burt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

“Please Don’t Call it History,” Nonsite.org (2011)

“The Poet as Poetess,” for The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, ed. Kerry Larson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

“Lyric,” entry for the new edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman, general editors (Princeton University Press, 2012).

“Who Reads Poetry?” in PMLA, vol. 123, no. 2, January, 2008, 181-187.

“The Story of Boon; or, Parables of the Poetess,” in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance (special issue on nineteenth-century American poetry, December, 2008).

“Thinking Dickinson Thinking Poetry,” in The Blackwell Companion to Emily Dickinson, ed. Mary Loeffelholz and Martha Nell Smith (Blackwell Publishing, 2008).

“Bryant’s Romanticism,” in The Traffic in Poems: Nineteenth-Century Trans-Atlantic Poetry, ed. Meredith McGill (Rutgers University Press, 2008),.

“Transatlantic Bryant,” Introduction, special issue of Victorian Poetry on American Victorian Poetry 43:2 (Summer 2005).

“The Poetess and Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets,” Poetess Archive Journal (April 2007), Vol. 1 No. 1

“Dickinson Undone,” Raritan (Spring, 2005), Vol. XXIV, Number 4, 128-148.

“Poetry and Experience,” Raritan (Fall 2000), Vol. XX, Number 2., 126-135.

“Poe, Longfellow, and the Institution of Poetry,” Poe Studies. Vol. 33, numbers 1 and 2, 2000. 23-28.

“Longfellow’s Tradition; or, Picture-Writing a Nation,” Modern Language Quarterly 59:4 (December 1998). 471-496.

“Lyrical Studies” (with Yopie Prins), Victorian Literature and Culture 27:2 (Fall 1999). 521-530.