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Profile: Yopie Prins

Title: Irene Butter Collegiate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), Princeton  1991
University of Amsterdam (Translation Studies, 1983-84); Cambridge University (B.A./M.A. in English Literature, 1983), Swarthmore College (B.A. in Ancient Greek, 1981)

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Victorian poetry; historical poetics; lyric theory; reception of classics; translation studies; comparative literature.

Secondary Interests

Feminist criticism and gender studies; music and literature; Dutch literature.


Ladies' Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedy (Princeton, forthcoming); Victorian Sappho (Princeton, 1999); co-editor, The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology (Johns Hopkins, 2014); co-editor, Dwelling in Possibility: Women Poets and Critics on Poetry (Cornell, 1997); co-editor and translator, The Defiant Muse: Dutch and Flemish Feminist Poems (Feminist Press, 1997). Book in progress: Voice Inverse: Meter and Music in Victorian Poetry.

Articles: " 'What is Historical Poetics?' " (MLQ 2016); "Metrical Discipline: Algernon Swinburne on 'The Flogging Block'" (in Algernon Charles Swinburne, Unofficial Laureate, 2013); "'Break, Break, Break' into Song'" (in Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century, 2011); "Classics for Victorians" (Victorian Studies, 2010); "Classical Reception and the Political" (Cultural Critique, 2010); "Historical Poetics, Dysprosody, and the Science of English Verse" (PMLA, 2008); "Robert Browning, Transported by Meter" (in The Traffic in Poems, 2007); "Lady's Greek (with the Accents)" (Victorian Literature and Culture, 2006); "Nineteenth-Century Homers and the Hexameter Mania" (in Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation, 2005); "Patmore's Law, Meynell's Rhythm" (in The Fin de Siecle Poem, 2005); "Virginia Woolf and the Naked Cry of Cassandra" (in Agamemnon in Performance, 2005); "Sappho Recomposed" (in The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry, 2004); "Voice Inverse" (Victorian Poetry, 2004); "Victorian Meters" (in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry, 2000); "Greek Maenads, Victorian Spinsters" (in Victorian Sexual Dissidence, 1999); "Lyrical Studies" (with Virginia Jackson, Victorian Literature and Culture, 1999); "Personifying the Poetess" (in Women's Poetry 1830-1900: Gender and Genre, 1998); "Sappho's Afterlife in Translations" (in Re-Reading Sappho: Reception and Transmission, 1997); "Sappho Doubled: Michael Field" (Yale Journal of Criticism, 1995); "A Metaphorical Field: Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper" (Victorian Poetry, 1995); "Elizabeth Barrett, Robert Browning, and the Differance of Translation" (Victorian Poetry 1991); "Aeschylus' Furies and their Binding Song" (Arethusa, 1991); "Browning's Translation of Aeschylus' Agamemnon" (Victorian Poetry, 1989).   

Professor Prins is also involved in the following initiatives:

Translation at Michigan

Contexts for Classics

Nineteenth Century Forum

Nineteenth-Century Historical Poetics Group

  • The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology

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