British Romanticism | 18th & 19th-Century Literature 
Gender & Sexuality | Family & Kinship

I am a scholar and educator studying kinship in Anglophone literature. My research focuses on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Britain, especially the Romantic period. I teach seminars on English poetry and the novel, often alongside works of American fiction and film. Informed by interdisciplinary studies in gender and sexuality, my scholarship and courses examine how texts absorb, reflect, resist, and reimagine cultural ideologies surrounding family and marriage.

During 2020-21, I will be a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate with the Writing Program in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and English Department at Northeastern University.

Currently, I am working on two book projectsWe are Many examines sibling relationships as radical sites for collective ethics and inter-dependent subjectivity in Romantic literature. Queer Things uncovers material objects that produce non-normative communities in eighteenth and nineteenth-century domestic novels and poetry. Elements of these projects have been developed across multiple journal articles, online essaysconference talks, and book reviews.

Over the past ten years, I have been an instructor at Northeastern UniversityVassar College, College of the Holy Cross, and Boston University, teaching courses on eighteenth-century through present-day literatureacademic writing, and gender and sexuality studies. These discussion-based classes have included interdisciplinary first-year writing, introductions to fiction and poetry, intermediate-level surveys of British literary history, and advanced seminars on Romanticism, Victorian poetry, and kinship. Recent course titles include Communities and CollectivesSibling Theory, Madwomen in the AtticRomantic Selves, and Monstrous Bodies.

I earned my Ph.D. in English from Boston University with a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and my A.B. in English from Vassar College.

Talia M. Vestri, Ph.D.

© 2020 by Talia M. Vestri, PhD. Last updated September 2020.