Naomi Levine

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Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2015

I work on Victorian literature, poetry and poetics, aesthetics, and literary historiography. My research explores the relationship between formal and historical conceptions of poetry in the nineteenth century. I am completing a book manuscript on nineteenth-century ideas about the origin of rhyme and their significance for the theory and practice of Victorian poetry and for the development of close reading.

My essays on form, genre, and the history of criticism have appeared in Victorian StudiesVictorian Poetry, Victoriographies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and MLQ. Before coming to Yale, I was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

At Yale, I have taught introductory poetry classes, a course on elegy (The Art of Losing), and a junior seminar on Love and Desire in the Nineteenth Century.

Selected Publications

“Understanding Poetry Otherwise: New Criticism and Historical Poetics,” in preparation for Literature Compass issue on Historical Poetics

“Rhyme,” Keywords issue, Victorian Literature and Culture 46.3/7 (2018)

“Tirra-Lirrical Ballads: Source Hunting with the Lady of Shalott,” Victorian Poetry 54.4 (2017)

“Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Historiographical Poetics,” MLQ 77.1 (2016)

“Victorian Pearl: Tennysonian Elegy and the Return of a Medieval Poem,” Victoriographies 6.3 (2016)

“Trebled Beauty: William Morris’s Terza Rima,” Victorian Studies 53.3 (2011)


ENGL 267: Love and Desire in the Nineteenth Century; ENGL 022: The Art of Losing; ENGL 126: Readings in English Poetry II