working group steering committee

mariatte denman / stanford
pam grossman / stanford
kirsten gruesz / santa cruz
dorothy hale / berkeley
danielle igra / mills
ruth kaplan / stanford
andrea lunsford / stanford
geoffrey nunberg / berkeley
micah perks / santa cruz
natalie phillips / stanford
juan poblete / santa cruz
namwalli serpell / berkeley
juliana spahr / mills


catherine gallagher
professor and ida may and william j eggers jr. chair in english
uc berkeley

tyrus miller
vice provost and dean of graduate education, and professor of literature at
cowell college / uc santa cruz

cynthia scheinberg
professor and chair of english department / dean of graduate literary studies
mills college

deanna shemek
professor of literature
uc santa cruz

jennifer summit / director
professor / english department
stanford university

Catherine Gallagher is the Eggers Professor of English Literature and has taught at Berkeley since 1980. Her teaching and research focus on the British novel and cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In recent years, she has taught courses on the history of the British novel, the historiography and theory of the novel, alternate-history narratives, and various other topics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. Her publications include Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), The Body Economic. Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2006); Practicing New Historicism, with Stephen Greenblatt (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2000); The Industrial Reformation of English Fiction. Social Discourse and Narrative Form, 1832-67 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985). 





Tyrus Miller is Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, and Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz .  His research interests include modernist, avant-garde, and postmodernist literature; the interrelations of the arts in the 20th century; aesthetics; cinema and film theory; the Frankfurt School; philosophy and social theory; contemporary poetry and language arts. His published work includes Time Images: Alternative Temporalities in Twentieth-Century Theory, Literature, and Art (Cambridge Scholars Publishers); Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts between the World Wars (University of California Press);  Singular Examples: Artistic Politics and the Neo-Avant-Garde (Northwestern University Press), and Given World and Time: Temporalities in Context (Central European University Press). 




Cynthia Scheinberg is Chair of the English Department and Dean of Graduate Literary Studies.  Her research interests include Victorian Literature, with an emphasis on poetry, Anglo-Jewish literature and history, women's studies, religion and literature, feminist theory, genre studies, cinema studies, composition and pedagogy, community service/service learning curriculum development.  Among her publications are Women's Poetry and Religion in Victorian England: Jewish Identity and Christian Culture (June, 2002, Cambridge University Press); “The Beloved Ideas Made Flesh: Daniel Deronda and Jewish Poetics” ELH: English Literary History (John Hopkins Press) Vol. 77. No. 3 (Fall 2010); and “’And we are not what they have been’: Anglo-Jewish women poets, 1838-1920” in British Jewish Women Writers, Ed. Nadia Valman, Wayne State University Press (forthcoming).




Deanna Shemek is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her research interests include Renaissance studies (specialization: Italy); early modern feminism; humanism and gender production; Renaissance narrative genres and technologies; early modern popular culture; letter-writing and epistolary culture; early modern literacy and non-canonical producers of writing (women, children, marginalized communities); historical transmission of “ideas of the Renaissance”; Renaissance Italian drama and performance genres; and the northern court circles. Her published work includes: Writing Relations: American Scholars in Italian Archives (Florence: Olschki, 2008); Phaethon's Children: The Este Court and its Culture in Early Modern Italy (Tempe: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (MRTS), 2005), Ladies Errant: Wayward Women and Social Order in Early Modern Italy (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1998).




Jennifer Summit is the chair of the English Department at Stanford University. Her scholarly interests bridge the medieval and early modern periods and focus on the histories of reading, literature, and knowledge, with a special interest in literacy and the disciplines today. Her published work includes Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2008), Lost Property: the Woman Writer and English Literary History, 1380-1589 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2000), and the Palgrave History of British Women's Writing, Vol 2: 1500-1610 , co-edited with Caroline Bicks (Boston College) (2010).











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