Alison Hickey

Alison Hickey
ahickey@wellesley.edu
(781) 283-2572
English
A.B., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Founders Hall 104

Alison Hickey

Associate 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. From time to time, I make a foray into Comparative Literature, my undergraduate major.

I regularly teach Romantic and Victorian poetry, Critical Interpretation, and a first-year seminar called Creating Memory. My recurring 300-level courses include Love, Sex, and Imagination in Romantic Poetry; Romantic Siblings; and Keats and Shelley.

I’m especially excited about the new course I’m developing for Spring 2022, English/Environmental Studies 242: From "Nature Poetry" to Ecopoetics.

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 have two sons, one in college and one recently graduated. I love listening to music, playing with languages, walking and bicycling, traveling to new places and revisiting old familiar ones, and singing with the Back Bay Chorale. I'm an avid consumer of audiobooks and podcasts.