Veronica Alfano, assistant professor in the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills and in the philosophy department, specializes in Victorian literature, aesthetic theory, poetics, and gender studies. She has published articles and book chapters on Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, A. E. Housman, and Robert Browning; along with Andrew Stauffer, she is co-editor of the essay collection Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She is the recipient of a Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship from the William Morris Society of the United States. In spring 2016, she will be a visiting fellow at Australian National University.
She is completing a monograph titled The Lyric in Victorian Memory, which explores the links between mnemonic form and cultural nostalgia. Many critics affirm that Victorian lyric is overshadowed either by the rising novel or, in studies that concentrate on Victorian verse, by the dramatic monologue. This project, however, posits that the mnemonic nature of brief, evocative lyric poems helps to explain their persistence not only in individual memory but also in the canon. Combining a formalist approach with historical analysis and examination of reception history, it explores lyric poetry’s links to physical and cultural remembering, as well as to Victorian writers’ thematization of memory and forgetting.
Recent publications include:
- Monograph: The Lyric in Victorian Memory: Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman. Under review.
- Edited Collection: Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
- “A. E. Housman’s Ballad Economies.” Forthcoming in Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siecle: Libidinal Lives, ed. Kim Edwards Keates, Jane Ford, and Patricia Pulham. London: Routledge (Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature Series), 2015.
- “‘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.