A.B., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Founders Hall 104
Alison HickeyAssociate Professor of English
Specialist in English Romanticism; teaches Romantic Poetry and other literature courses with an emphasis on poetry.
My main field of research is Romanticism; my teaching interests center on English Romantic poetry and extend forward in time to contemporary English, American, and Irish poetry and back as far as Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, and other 17th-century writers. I regularly teach Romantic Poetry, Victorian Poetry, Critical Interpretation, and Writing. From time to time, I make a foray into Comparative Literature, my undergraduate major. At the 300-level, I have taught Love, Sex, and Imagination in Romantic Poetry; Keats and Shelley; New Romantic Canons; Romantic Collaboration; Languages of Lyric; and Seamus Heaney.
This fall I am excited to be leading a new First-Year Seminar, English 150: Creating Memory (informational video montage).
Publications include a book on Wordsworth (Impure Conceits, Stanford University Press) and essays, book chapters, and reviews in Studies in Romanticism, ELH, and The Cambridge History of English Poetry. For my work on literary collaboration, I have held a Bunting Institute Fellowship and received funding from the NEH.
I am currently writing about literary “net-works”; the language of organization; syntax and versification (putting the “line” back in “Lines”); and how the “turnings intricate of verse” (Wordsworth) overturn, cultivate, or otherwise involve hierarchical conceptions of order.
I love listening to music and audiobooks; playing with languages; traveling to new places and revisiting old familiar ones; taking walks; singing with the Back Bay Chorale; and spending time with with my two sons.