CV | Talia M. Vestri, Ph.D.

Academic Appointments

Northeastern University

Postdoctoral Teaching Associate, Writing Program, 2020-21

Vassar College

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, 2019-20

Boston University

Lecturer of Rhetoric & Lecturer of Writing, Spring 2019

College of the Holy Cross

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, 2017-18

 

Education

Ph. D., English

Boston University, 2018

Graduate Certificate, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

M.A., English and American Literature

Boston University, 2010

A.B., English

Vassar College, 2005

Visiting Student Certificate, St. Peter's College, Oxford University

 

Research & Teaching Interests

British Romanticism

18th and 19th-century Literature & Culture 

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Family & Kinship

Marriage Plot Novels

Poetry & Poetics

Teaching of Academic Writing 

 

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"Where's Queer?" 

Keats-Shelley Journal, "200 Years: 50 Voices" Special Issue. Forthcoming.

"Wordsworth's Sibling Logic: 'We are Seven' and 'Tintern Abbey.'" 

European Romantic Review 29.5 (2018): 619-637.

Academic Web Writing

"Dear Friend, Dearest Sister." 

The Keats Letters Project. Sept. 10, 2017.

"Pride and Prejudice and Politics.

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Graduate Caucus Blog (NASSR-GSC). Dec. 18, 2016. 

"How Far Feminism?" 

NASSR-GSC. Dec. 1, 2015.

"Romanticism Today: Artistry of the Sublime." 

NASSR-GSC. Nov. 11, 2015.

"Romanticism Today (A Pedagogical Experiment)." 

NASSR-GSC. Sept. 20, 2015.

"Studies in Romanticism: An Assistant's Perspective." 

NASSR-GSC. June 8, 2015.

"Will the Real Mr. Darcy Please Stand Up?" 

NASSR-GSC. May 11, 2015.

"Proposing a Special Session for MLA." 

NASSR-GSC. April 8, 2015.

"The Modernization of Elizabeth Bennet." 

NASSR-GSC. March 5, 2015.

"The Year Without Summer; or, What Happened in 1816?" 

NASSR-GSC. Feb. 2, 2015.

"More Frankenstein(s): Cumberbatch, Miller, and the National Theatre." 

NASSR-GSC. Nov. 19, 2014.

"Where Art Thou, Queer Theory?" 

NASSR-GSC. Oct. 23, 2014.

Book Reviews

Review of Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature, eds. Duc Dau and Shale Preston. 

Studies in the Novel 48.3 (2016): 388-89. 

Review of Romanticism and Childhood: The Infantilization of British Literary Culture, Ann Wierda Rowland. 

Studies in Romanticism 55.2 (2016): 298-302.

 

Conferences

Papers Presented

"The Queer Materiality of Tea: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford and the Genres of Empire." 

North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Columbus, OH, 2019.

"Mary Robinson’s Rewritings and the Elements of Gender." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Chicago, IL, 2019.

"Sympathetic Reciprocity and Sororal Care in Frankenstein." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Providence, RI, 2018.

"Sister Lives: Austen’s Sororal Bildungsromane and the Imagining of History." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2017.

"Queer(ing) Kinship: Fraternal Reproduction and Sororal Transmission in The Cenci." 

British Women Writers Conference (BWWC). Chapel Hill, NC, 2017.

"Perverting Sex: Incestuous Inheritance and Fraternal Reproduction in Shelley’s Cenci." 

International Conference on Romanticism (ICR). Colorado Springs, CO, 2016.

"Dear, Dear Sisters and Dear, Dear Friends: Rethinking the Relation of Romantic Siblings." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Berkeley, CA, 2016.

"Spots of Sibling Time: Relational Networks in Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads." 

Modern Language Association (MLA). Austin, TX, 2016.

"Romantic Antigone; or, The Political Rights of Kinship." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2015.

"Building the Bildung of Sisterhood in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice." 

British Women Writers Conference (BWWC). New York, NY, 2015.

"Spots of Sibling Time: The Networked Logic of Kinship and Selfhood in Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads." 

International Conference on Romanticism (ICR). Minneapolis, MN, 2014.

"The Traffic in Tales: Narratives of Women, Women as Narratives in Keats and Chaucer." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Boston, MA, 2013.

Sessions Organized

"Queer Elements." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Chicago, IL, 2019.

"Is Kinship Always Already Queer?: Counter-Normative Communities in Nineteenth-Century Literature." 

Modern Language Association (MLA). New York, NY, 2018.

"Romanticism and Gender: The Discontented Divide." 

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR). Berkeley, CA, 2016.

"Romantic Genealogies of Kinship." 

Modern Language Association (MLA). Austin, TX, 2016.

Conferences Organized

Co-Chair (2016-17). The Personal Is Still Political: Challenging Marginalization through Theory, Analysis & Praxis. March 31-April 1, 2017.

Consortium for Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (GCWS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Chair (2012-13). Clash Zones: Identities in (R)Evolution. April 5-6, 2013.

Consortium for Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (GCWS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

Teaching Experience

Vassar College (2019-2020)

Sibling Theory

English and Women's Studies 383: Senior Seminar

Madwomen in the Attic

English and Women's Studies 218: Literature, Gender & Sexuality

Love, Labor & Loss: Romance and Gender in Early British Literature

English 222: Early British Literature 

Romantic Selves

English 170: Approaches to Literary Study

Monstrous Bodies

English 101: First-Year Writing Seminar

Boston University, College of General Studies (Spring 2019) 

English Composition and Rhetoric, Rhetoric 102

Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences (Spring 2019)

Family Ties: Sex, Marriage, and Kinship in the 21st Century

Writing 150: Writing, Research & Inquiry

College of the Holy Cross (2017-2018)

The Romantic Revolution

English 344

Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory

English 346

Touchstones 2B: British and Anglophone Literature

English 232

Identities in Time

English 124: Critical Reading and Writing: Multi-genre

Poetry and Poetics

English 130

Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences (2011-2017)

Why Marry?: The History, Family, and Reality of Married Sexuality

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 305: Topics in WGS

Reading Romanticism Today

English 120: Freshman Seminar

What Would Jane Do?: Austen and Her Audiences

English 120: Freshman Seminar

Women's Voices

English 141: Introduction to Fiction

Family Fictions

English 141: Introduction to Fiction 

Introduction to Poetry

English 142

Me, Myself & I: Poets on Selfhood

Writing 100: Writing Seminar, and Writing 150: Writing and Research Seminar

All in the Family: Stories of American Life

Writing 100: Writing Seminar, and Writing 150: Writing and Research Seminar

Shakespeare on Love, Hate & Everything

English 164: Reading Shakespeare 2

Literature and the Art of Film

English 175 (Teaching Assistant for Professor Lee Monk)

Related Experience

Writing Fellow Tutor

Educational Resource Center, Boston University (2012-15)

Instructor, Persuasive Writing

Summer Challenge Program for High School Students, Metropolitan College, Boston University (2017, 2018)

Classroom Instructor, SAT Prep

The Princeton Review (2007-09)

 

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Teaching Fellow in English

Boston University, 2017

Senior Teaching Fellow

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Boston University, 2016

Graduate Student Travel Bursary

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), 2016        

Graduate Student Travel Award

Modern Language Association (MLA), 2016

Graduate Student Travel Bursary

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), 2015 

Travel Award

Graduate Student Organization, Boston University, 2015

Clarimond Mansfield Award

Center for the Humanities, Boston University, 2015

Alice Brennan Humanities Award

Center for the Humanities, Boston University, 2015

Summer Research Fellowship

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, 2014

David Bonnell Green Prize for best student essay in Romanticism

Boston University, 2010 

 

Service

Founder, Intentional Pedagogies Faculty Conversation Group

Vassar College, 2019–20  

Curriculum Committee

English Department, College of the Holy Cross, 2017–18   

Graduate Assistant

Boston Area Romanticist Colloquium, 2015–17  

Senior Editorial Assistant

Studies in Romanticism, 2014–17  

Critical Pedagogies Discussion Group Member

Boston University, 2015–17 

Research Assistant for Joseph Bizup

Writing Program, Boston University, 2015–16  

Dissertation Seminar Participant

Center for the Humanities, Boston University, 2015–16  

Board Member

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Graduate Student Caucus, 2014–16  

Conference Assistant

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Boston University, 2013

 

 

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association (MLA)

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)

International Conference on Romanticism (ICR)

Keats-Shelley Association of American (K-SAA)

Boston Area Romanticist Colloquium (BARC)

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

British Women Writers Association (BWWA)

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