Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Fay, PhD

Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts
Book Series Editor, The New Urban Atlantic, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers


Areas of Expertise

British Romantic Studies; Literary Theory and Romantic and post-Romantic British and Continental philosophy; Feminist Theory and Criticism; Women Writers; Material Culture Studies


PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook
MA, Hunter College, CUNY

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information


British Women’s Travel Writing in the Romantic Period" in The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period (1780-1830). Ed. Devoney Looser. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming).

"Troubadourism." In Critical Terms in Medievalism Studies. Eds. Richard Utz and Elizabeth Emery. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Studies in Medievalism, Boydell & Brewer Pub, UK., 2013.

Second edition of Approaches to Teaching British Women Poets of the Romantic Period, including Elizabeth Fay, “Anna Seward: The Swan of Lichfield: Reading Louisa,” Volume ed. by Stephen C. Behrendt and Harriet K. Linkin. New York: MLA Press, 1997. Pp. 129-134 (2nd ed. 2013).

“Mary Robinson.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romanticism, vol. 3, Romantic Poetry. Eds. Frederick Burwick and Nancy Moore Goslee. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012. 1133-1141 Hardback, electronic, and website access.

"Author." In The Blackwell Handbook to Romanticism Studies. Eds. Julia Wright and Joel Faflak. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 107-124 Hardback.

“Sexuality and Gender." In The Romanticism Handbook. Eds. Sue Chaplin and Joel Faflak. London and New York: Continuum Publishers, 2011. 158-170 Hardback.

“Hallucinogesis: De Quincey’s Mind Trips.” Studies in Romanticism, special issue “Nostalgia, Melancholy, Anxiety: Discursive Mobility and the Circulation of  Bodies,” ed. by Peter Manning. 49.2 (2010): 293-312.

“Mary Robinson: On Trial in the Public Court.” Studies in Romanticism. 45.3 (2006)397-424.

“Teaching the Ridiculous: Harlequin and Humpo; or, Columbine by Candlelight!”  special issue, “Teaching Romantic Drama” ed. by Thomas Crochuis. Romantic Pedagogy Commons. http://www.rc.umd.edu/pedagogies/commons/index.html

“Cultural History, Interdisciplinarity, and Romanticism.” Literature Compass Romanticism. Vol. 3, June 2006.

“Unruly Women: Dress-Code Travesties and Femininity” in special issue, “Romanticism and Historicizing Sexuality,” edited by Richard Sha for Romantic Praxis, January 2006. http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/sexuality/fay/fay.html
“Wordsworth, Bostonian Chivalry and the Uses of Art” for Wordsworth in American Literary Culture, 1802-1902, edited by Joel Pace and Matthew Scott, Macmillan/Palgrave Press. Dec 2004. Pp. 256-78.

“Practicing Culture, Revising Romanticism: New Trends in Romantic Studies.” Literature Compass, 1.1 (July 2004).

“Archaic Contamination: Hegel and the History of Dead Matter.” PMLA 118.3 May (2003):  581-90.

“Portrait Galleries, Representative History, and The Spirit of the Age. ” Nineteenth-Century Contexts  24.2 (2002): 151-75.

“Grace Aguilar: Rewriting Scott Rewriting History” in British Romanticism and the Jews: History, Culture, Literature. Ed. Sheila A. Spector. New York: Palgrave, 2002. Pp. 215-34.

“The Duchess of Devonshire: The Passage of the Mountain of Saint Gothard,” for the Scottish Women Romantic Poets (a scholarly electronic textbase). Ed. Stephen C. Behrendt and Nancy J. Kushingian. Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press, 2002.

“The Egyptian Court and Victorian Appropriations of Ancient History.” The Wordsworth Circle 32:1 (2001): 24-29.

Encyclopedia entry for “The Bluestockings,” 1000 words, for the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge, ed by Dale Spender and Cheris Kramarae. New York: Routledge Press, 2000.

“Mothering, the Academic Maternal, and the Reproduction of Class Anxiety,” Taboo, Journal of Culture and Education, 4 (2000): 85-100.

“Wordsworth’s Balladry: Real Men Wanted,” in "...the Honourable Characteristic of Poetry": Two Hundred Years of Lyrical Ballads," ed. Marcy L. Tanter. Special issue of Romantic Praxis (Nov. 1999): http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/lyrical.ns/fay/balladry.html).

“The Bluestocking Archive: Constructivism and Salon Theory Revisited.” Romanticism on the Net 10 (May 1998): (http://users.ox.ac.uk/~scat0385/fay.html).

“Lived History: A Multimedia Approach,” with Wayne Hatmaker. Special Issue of OAH Magazine (Winter 1999): 14-16.

“Romanticism and Feminism,” The Blackwell Companion to Romanticism . Duncan Wu, ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1998. Pp. 397-401.

“British Romanticism: Global Crossings,” co-authored with Alan Richardson, Boston College. Introduction to a co-edited special issue of European Romantic Review,  (Spring 1997): i-x.

“Anna Seward: The Swan of Lichfield: Reading Louisa,” Approaches to Teaching British Women Poets of the Romantic Period, ed. by Stephen C. Behrendt and Harriet K. Linkin. New York: MLA Press, 1997. Pp. 129-134.

“Wordsworthian Lives: The Commonplace of Extraordinary Emotion.” The Wordsworth Circle (Spring 1997): 87-91.

“Maternalism in the Workplace: Engendering Class.” The Review of Education/Pedagogy/ Cultural Studies 18.2 (1996):197-212.

“Response,” Democratic Culture, Special Issue on Christina Hoff Sommers (Fall 1994): 23-24.

“Romantic Men, Victorian Women: The Nightingale Talks Back.” Studies in Romanticism 32 (Summer 1993): 211-24.

“Dissent in the Field: Or, A New Type of Intellectual?” In Working-Class Women in the Academy. Eds. Michelle Tokarzcyk. Amherst: UMass Press. Pp. 276-91.

“Mapplethorpe's Art: Playing With the Byronic Postmodern.” Postmodern Culture 4 (Fall 1993) (online journal).

“Rhythm, Gender, and Poetic Language,” in Constructing and Reconstructing Gender: The Links Among Communication, Language, and Gender, eds. Linda Perry, Lynn Turner, and Helen Stark. SUNY Press, 1992. Pp. 83-92.

“Wordsworth, Women, and Romantic Love: A Question of Nation.” European Romantic Review 3 (Winter 1992): 133-46.

“Anger in the Classroom: Women, Voice, and Fear.”Radical Teacher 42 (Fall 1992): 13-6.

“Mothers, Fathers, and Dissent: Gender, Class, and Graduate-Student Identity.” NWSA Journal (Winter 1988). Pp. 238-52.