|office: 332 Tate
office hours: Wed 2-4pm and by appointment
Research and teaching areas:
literature and culture,
poetry and poetics
Alexandra Socarides received her PhD in English from Rutgers University in 2007. Her first book, Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics, was published by Oxford University Press in June 2012. This book explores the material history of Emily Dickinson's poems and situates her process for making these poems in relation to other nineteenth-century compositional practices. Here she considers both the possibilities and limitations of manuscript study and textual scholarship for the study of poetry. She is currently at work on a new book, which reads antebellum American women's poetry through the tropes, conventions, and postures made possible by the transatlantic literary marketplace. She is also the co-editor of The Poetry of Charles Brockden Brown, which will be published by Bucknell University Press in 2015.
- PhD 2007, Rutgers University
- MFA 1999, Sarah Lawrence College
- Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics. Oxford University Press. June 2012.
- Co-editor, with Michael Cohen, The Poetry of Charles Brockden Brown. Vol. 7 of The Collected Writings of Charles Brockden Brown. Gen. eds. Philip Barnard and Mark Kamrath. Bucknell: Bucknell University Press. Forthcoming 2015.
- “Editorial History II: 1955 to the Present.” Dickinson in Context. Cambridge University Press. Ed. Eliza Richards. Forthcoming.
- “Managing Multiple Contexts: Dickinson, Genre, and the Circulation of Fascicle 1,” Dickinson's Fascicles: A Spectrum of Possibilities. Eds. Paul Crumbley and Eleanor Heginbotham. Ohio State University Press. Forthcoming.
- “Figure Ground Reversal.” Contextual Practice: Assemblage and the Erotic in Postwar Poetry and Art by Stephen Fredman. Twentieth-Century Literature 57. 1 (Spring 2011) 551-558.
- "Bringing History to the Table." Twentieth-Century Literature 55.2 (Summer 2009) 255-261.
- "The Poetics of Interruption: Dickinson, Death, and the Fascicles." A Companion to Emily Dickinson Eds. Mary Loeffelholz and Martha Nell Smith. Blackwell's Publishing, 2008. 309-333.
- "Rethinking the Fascicles: Dickinson’s Writing, Copying, and Binding Practices." Emily Dickinson Journal 15.2 (2006): 69-94.
- English 3300: Survey of American Literature, Beginnings to 1865
- English 4100/7100: How To Make a Poem: The History, Theory, and Practice of American Poetry
- English 4168/7168: Henry James
- English 4310/7310: 19th C. American Women Poets
- English 4310/7310: Poetry of the American Renaissance
- English 4970: Capstone: Deep Reading Walden
- English 4996: Honors Seminar in English
- English 8060: History of Poetics
- English 8310: American Elegy
- English 8310: Emily Dickinson
- Last Fellow in American Visual Culture, American Antiquarian Society, 2011-2012
- Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, 2011
- Maine Women Writers Collection Research Grant, 2011
- Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, 2009
- Gold Chalk Award, Graduate Professional Council, 2009
- National Humanities Center Summer Fellowship, 2008
- Scholar-in-Amherst Award, Emily Dickinson International Society, 2006
- Stephen Botein Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2004-2005