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Profile: Adela Pinch

Title: Professor
Ph.D., Cornell  1990

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Nineteenth-century British literature; romanticism; eighteenth-century British literature; lyric poetry; the novel; women’s studies; feminist criticism.

Secondary Interests

Literary theory; literature and philosophy; psychoanalysis; social history


Books: Thinking About Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2010); Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of Emotion, Hume to Austen (Stanford University Press, 1996). Articles:“Half Mended Stockings; or, Reality Sensing in Elizabeth Gaskell.” ELH 83.3 (Autumn 2016): 821-37 “The Allure of Panpsychism in Victorian Britain.” In press, Romanticism and  Victorianism on the Net #65 (Fall 2016)         
  “Wordsworth in Bed.” “New Perspectives on William Wordsworth,” La  Questione Romantica n.s. 3.2 (April 2011): 129-45"The Mill on the Floss and ' The Lifted Veil': Prediction, Prevention, Protection.” In A Companion to George Eliot, eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry E. Shaw.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2013;  “’A Shape All Light’.” In Taking Liberties with the Author: Selected Essays from the English Institute, ed. Meredith L. McGill.  Cambridge, MA: English Institute in collaboration with the American Council of Learned Societies, 2013  "Rhyme's End," Victorian Studies (Spring 2011); "Love Thinking," Victorian Studies (Summer 2008); "Transatlantic Modern Love," The Traffic in Poems: Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Transatlantic Exchange, ed Meredith L. McGill (Rutgers University Press, 2008);“Learning What Hurts: Romanticism, Pedagogy, Violence,”  The Lessons of Romanticism ed. Thomas Pfau and Robert Gleckner (Duke University Press, 1998): “Rubber Bands and Old Ladies,” In Near Ruins: Cultural Theory at the End of the Century ed. Nicholas Dirks (University of Minnesota Press, 1998); “Stealing Happiness: Shoplifting in Early Nineteenth-Century England” Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Places ed. Patricia Spyer (Routledge, 1998); “Emotion and History: A Review Article, “Comparative Studies in Society and History (January 1995); “Lost in a Book: Jane Austen’s Persuasion,” Studies in Romanticism (Spring 1993); “Female Chatter: Meter, Masochism, and the Lyrical Ballads,” ELH (Winter 1988).
  • Thinking about Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing

Additional Info

2011 John Dewey Award for Undergraduate Teaching, College of LSA
2009 University Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Michigan
2007 (with Kathryn Dominguez) Gilbert Whitaker Award for the Improvement of Teaching
2005 English Department Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Michigan

2017-2018 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,, Harvard University
2017 (awarded): Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 
2007-2008 Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities
2003-2004 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA

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