Areas of expertise: Victorian poetry and poetics; lyric theory; gender and sexuality; genre studies; memory; decadence and aestheticism; Victorian media and technology
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
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“Ode to the poem: why memorising poetry still matters for human connection.”The Conversation, 19 August 2019.