Dr Veronica Alfano

Research Fellow
Religion and Theology

Dr Veronica Alfano

Areas of expertise: Victorian poetry and poetics; lyric theory; gender and sexuality; genre studies; memory; decadence and aestheticism; Victorian media and technology

Email: veronica.alfano@acu.edu.au

Location: Melbourne

Veronica Alfano’s areas of research include Victorian poetry and poetics, lyric theory, gender and sexuality, ethics and aesthetics, memory, and media studies. In addition to serving as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, she is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology. Her research has been funded by the European Commission, the William Morris Society of the United States, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has published articles and chapters in venues such as Victorian Poetry, Victorian Studies, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, Feminist Studies in English Literature, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance (now Ecumenica), and the collection Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives. With Andrew Stauffer, she co-edited Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies (Palgrave, 2015); with Lee O’Brien, she co-edited the summer 2019 issue of Victorian Poetry (on the topic of “Gender and Genre”). The North American Victorian Studies Association awarded her article “Technologies of Forgetting: Phonographs and Lyric Amnesia” the 2018 Donald Gray Prize for the best essay published in the field of Victorian studies.

In her first monograph, The Lyric in Victorian Memory: Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman (Palgrave, 2017), Dr Alfano explores the links among mnemonic form, cultural nostalgia, and memory as a theme in lyric verse. She asks what past-oriented poetry reveals not only about Victorian remembrance but also about the relationships

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Victorian Poetry, Special Issue on Gender and Genre. Co-edited with Lee O’Brien. Issue 57.2 (Summer 2019).
  • The Lyric in Victorian Memory: Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman. Palgrave Macmillan, Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture Series, 2017. 
  • Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies. Co-edited with Andrew Stauffer. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 

Article and Book Chapters

  • “Brain-Computer Interfaces and Art: Toward a Theoretical Framework.” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 13.1-2 (2019): 182-195.
  • “William Morris and the Uses of Nostalgia: Memory in the Early and Late Poetry.” Victorian Studies 60.2 (Winter 2018): 243-254.
  • “Technologies of Forgetting: Phonographs, Lyric Voice, and Rossetti’s Woodspurge.” Victorian Poetry 55.2 (Summer 2017): 127-161.
  • “A. E. Housman’s Ballad Economies.” In Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives, ed. Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates, and Patricia Pulham, 35-61. Routledge, 2016.
  • “‘If He caught me here, / O’erheard this speech’: Audience, Performance, and Genre in Browning’s ‘Caliban upon Setebos.’” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature 123 (Spring 2013): 52-65.
  • “Remembering Christina Rossetti: Dead Women and the Afterlife of Lyric.” Feminist Studies in English Literature 17.2 (Winter 2009): 5-40. 
  • “Generic Collaboration and Lyric Betrayal: A Reading of Tennyson’s The Princess.” Critical Matrix 18 (Fall 2009): 34-57.

Accolades and Awards

  • Donald Gray Prize, North American Victorian Studies Association (for the best essay published in the field of Victorian studies) (2018)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, TU Delft and Waag Society, funded by a European Commission Grant (2016-18)
  • Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship, William Morris Society of the United States (2014)
  • Associate Faculty Grant, Indiana University South Bend (2011)
  • Annan Dissertation Fellowship (2011)
  • McCosh Teaching Award, Princeton University English Department (2010-11)

Public engagement

“Ode to the poem: why memorising poetry still matters for human connection.”The Conversation, 19 August 2019.

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