Dr. V.R. (Veronica) Alfano

Veronica Alfano, assistant professor in the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills, specializes in Victorian literature, aesthetic theory, poetics, and gender studies. She is also a Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University.


Alfano’s monograph The Lyric in Victorian Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) explores the links among mnemonic form, cultural nostalgia, and memory as a theme in lyric verse. She has published articles and book chapters on figures such as William Morris, Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, A. E. Housman, and Robert Browning. With Andrew Stauffer, she is co-editor of the essay collection Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); with Lee O’Brien, she is putting together a special issue of Victorian Poetry on the topic of “Gender and Genre” (forthcoming in summer 2019). Her current projects focus on mourning texts, poetic neologisms, and Christina Rossetti's nursery rhymes.

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Recent teaching interests include literary depictions of technology and the intersections among poetry, memory, and ethical theory.

  • Victorian Poetry, Special Issue on Gender and Genre, co-edited with Lee O’Brien (forthcoming Summer 2019).
  • “William Morris and the Uses of Nostalgia: Memory in the Early and Late Poetry.” Victorian Studies 60.2 (Winter 2018): 243-254.
  • “The Role of Art in Emotional-Moral Reflection on Risky and Controversial Technologies: The Case of BNCI.” Co-authored with Sabine Roeser and Caroline Nevejan. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21.2 (April 2018): 275-289.
  • “Technologies of Forgetting: Phonographs, Lyric Voice, and Rossetti’s Woodspurge.” Victorian Poetry 55.2 (Summer 2017): 127-161. Winner of the Donald Gray Prize.
  • The Lyric in Victorian Memory: Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman. Palgrave Macmillan, Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture Series, 2017.
  • “A. E. Housman’s Ballad Economies.” In Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives, edited by Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates, and Patricia Pulham. Routledge, 2016.
  • Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies, co-edited with Andrew Stauffer. Palgrave Macmillan, 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.
  • “Generic Collaboration and Lyric Betrayal: A Reading of Tennyson’s The Princess.” Critical Matrix 18 (Fall 2009): 34-57.

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BrainHack Project, funded by the European Commission (2016-2018)

  • Mourning Texts as Literature and Philosophy:  Still Lives (co-authored with Mark Alfano). Under contract.
  • The Lyric in Victorian Memory:  Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman.  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Virtual Victorians:  Networks, Connections, Technologies, co-edited with Andrew Stauffer.  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Veronica Alfano

Assistant Professor

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Research interests:

Victorian Literature
Poetry and Poetics
Form, Design, Aesthetics
Gender and Sexuality
Media Studies
Memory and Nostalgia

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