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Anne McCarthy

Anne McCarthy

Assistant Professor of English

Room 102 B
224 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801

Mailroom: 136 Ritenour Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-2178

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 3-5pm
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm


  1. B.A., New York University
  2. Ph.D., City University of New York

Areas of Specialization

19th-century British Literature

My research deals with Romantic and early-Victorian literature, mostly -- though by no means exclusively -- poetry. My current book project, Reading for the Pause: The Uses of Suspension in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry, examines the ways in which tropes of pause, paralysis, and cessation associated with the Romantic sublime continue to have formal and ethical consequences in Victorian poetry. I am also working on an article-length project dealing with competing forms of subjectivity in Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark and William Godwin's Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Finally, I'm in the very early stages of a second book project on literary form, aesthetic philosophy, and early nineteenth-century spirituality, with a special emphasis on the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sara Coleridge, and F. D. Maurice.

My scholarly work has been published in Romantic Circles and Victorian Poetry, and I have presented papers at a number of academic conferences.