Virginia Jackson

Virginia Jackson, UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine, is the author of the forthcoming Before Modernism: Inventing American Lyric in the Nineteenth Century (Princeton University Press) and co-editor (with Yopie Prins) of The Lyric Theory Reader (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Her first book, Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton University Press, 2005), won the MLA First Book Prize and the Christian Gauss Award. Her essays have appeared in PMLA, Studies in Romanticism, Modern Language Quarterly, New Literary History, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Historical Poetics Working Group.

Virginia Jackson


“How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?”

I finished writing this review of Claudia Rankine’s new book, Just Us: An American Conversation, during the week in which a White mob devoted to “vigilante antidemocratic paramilitary violence” (in Reconstruction historian Gregory P. Downs’s phrase) broke into the United States Capitol as Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. It […]

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