Frances Dickey

Research and Teaching: 

Frances Dickey teaches courses on American literature after 1865 and transatlantic modernism, with research interests in modern poetry, its relations with other arts, and the work of T. S. Eliot.  Most recently, she co-edited Vol. 3 of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: Literature, Politics, Belief, 1927-1929  and the Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts.  In The Modern Portrait Poem from Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Ezra Pound, she examines the development of poetic portraiture in connection with painting from the 1860's to the 1920's, focusing on T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams. She has also published on Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, and Elizabeth Bishop. She is currently working on Real City: T. S. Eliot and the Senses of St. Louis, examining how the urban sense-scape of St. Louis c. 1900  shaped and is reflected in Eliot's poetry (see forthcoming chapter on T. S. Eliot and the Color Line of St. Louis). Her Reports from the Hale Archive are bringing daily updates about Eliot's letters to Emily Hale from Special Collections at Princeton University LIbrary.

  • Johns Hopkins University, MA and PhD
  • Harvard University, AB
Select Publications: 

Books and Editions

  • The Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts, co-editor with John Morgenstern. Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
  • Complete Prose of T S Eliot: Introduction to Vol. 3 The Critical Edition,  Vol. III: 1927-1929, co-editor with Ronald Schuchard and Jennifer Formicelli. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
  • The Modern Portrait Poem: From Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Ezra Pound. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012.

Selected Articles

  • T. S. Eliot and the Color Line of St. Louis” forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity
  • “Give, Sympathize, Control: T. S. Eliot and Emily Hale,” forthcoming, Modernism/Modernity Print Plus Platform, 2020.
  • “T. S. Eliot,” (lead co-author) forthcoming in Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • “‘Hydraulic’: The Companyand Its Archive,” forthcoming in The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual 3  
  • “My Madness Singing”: The Specter of Syphilis in Prufrock and Other Observations, with Bradford Barnhardt. The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual II (2018)
  • Victorian Song Across the Modernist Divide” in Beyond the Victorian/Modernist Divide, ed. Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada and Anne Levita. Routledge, 2018.
  • The Musical World of Eliot's Inventions” and “"Mandarins" at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston” in The Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts, Edinburgh UP, 2016.
  • Prufrock and Other Observations: A Walking Tour in the Blackwell Companion to T. S. Eliot ed. David Chinitz. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2009.
  • Opening the Box," Essays in Criticism 57.1 (Winter 2007): 73-81. Review essay of Elizabeth Bishop's Edgar Allan Poe and the Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments.
  • Parrot's Eye: A Portrait by Manet and Two by T. S. Eliot" Twentieth-Century Literature 52.2 (Summer 2006): 1-34.
  • Bishop, Dewey, Darwin: What Other People Know" Contemporary Literature 44.2 (Summer 2003): 301-331.
  • "Love of Comrades: The Urbanization of Community in Whitman's Poetry and Pragmatist Philosophy," co-authored with Jimmie Killingsworth.  Walt Whitman Quarterly 21.1 (Summer 2003): 1-24.
  • "Questions that Have No Reply: Robert Frost's Problem of Other Minds" New England Quarterly 75.2 (June 2002): 299-311.
Awards and Honors: 
  • President of the International T. S. Eliot Society, 2016-18
  • Andrew J. Kappell Prize in Literary Criticism from Twentieth-Century Literature, 2006
  • Purple Chalk Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 2008
  • T. S. Eliot Young Scholar Award, 2003