Erin Nerstad

Email: 

ele@uchicago.edu

Research Interests: 

Romantic and Victorian literature; poetry and poetics; religion; visual arts

Graduation Year: 

2015

Dissertation Title: 

“The Lyric Varieties of Nineteenth-Century Religious Experience”

Workshops: 

Poetry and Poetics, 18th and 19th Century Cultures

Publications: 

“Review of Karen Dieleman, Religious Imaginaries: The Liturgical and Poetic Practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Adelaide Proctor.” RaVoN (Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net) 65 (April 2014).
“Decomposing but to Recompose: Browning, Biblical Hermeneutics, and the Dramatic Monologue,” Victorian Poetry 50, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 543-561. 
“The Tragédienne as the Tragic Muse,” In The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700-1900, edited by Anne Leonard, 59-71, 105-109. Chicago: The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2011.
“Burne-Jones, Briar Rose.” In The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700-1900, edited by Anne Leonard, 59-71, 105-109. Chicago: The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2011.
“Postlude: Reflections on Some Impressions.” In The “Writing” of Modern Life: The Etching Revival in France, Britain, and the U.S., 1850-1940, edited by Elizabeth Helsinger, 87-96. Chicago: The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2008.

Biography: 

I am a scholar of British literature of the long nineteenth century. My primary interest is in the relationship between literary form and religious epistemologies and practices. I also write and teach on literature and the visual arts. As an instructor, I am passionate about teaching students to read carefully, to think critically, and to write compellingly through close textual and contextual encounters.

Teaching Experience: 

Lecturer, "RE: FORM: Literature and Aesthetic Reformations in the Long Nineteenth Century." Department of English, University of Chicago, Autumn 2014.

B.A. Preceptor, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago, 2014-15.

Lecturer, "Poetry and Religion." Department of English, University of Chicago, Winter 2012.

Course Assistant, "Chaucer" Department of English, University of Chicago, Winter 2011.

Course Assistant, "Introduction to Poetry," Department of English, University of Chicago, Winter 2010.

Course Assistant, "The 'Writing' of Modern Live." Department of English and Art history, University of Chicago, Winter 2009.

Tutor, Writing Center, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC, 2006-2007