Rabb Graduate Center, 131
DegreesCornell University, Ph.D.
Cornell University, M.A.
Yale University, B.A.
ExpertiseRomanticism. Poetry. Literature and Philosophy: subjectivity and self-conflict.
ProfileProfessor Quinney teaches British literature, especially poetry, of the Romantic periods, and poetry more generally, including recent and contemporary American poetry. She is currently working at the intersection of literature and philosophy, studying the representation of subjectivity and self-conflict in British Romantic poetry. She published her most recent book, William Blake on Self and Soul, in 2010. Webpage
|COML/ENG||141b||Literature and Time|
|ENG||1a||Introduction to Literary Studies|
|ENG||10b||Poetry: A Basic Course|
|ENG||45b||Romanticism: Gods, Nature, Loneliness, Dreams|
|ENG||55b||Romanticism and the Supernatural|
|ENG||65b||The Last Romantics: Themes of Modern Poetry|
|ENG||108a||Literature and Heresy|
|ENG||148b||Me, Myself, and I: The Theme of Self-Conflict|
|ENG||161b||The Death and Life of the Subject|
|ENG||165b||Victorian Poetry and Its Readers|
|ENG||200a||Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies|
|ENG||241b||Theory of Poetry|
|FYS||44a||JustBooks: Tragedy, Right vs. Right?|
|HUM||10a||The Western Canon|
Awards and Honors
Honorary Chair Professor, National Taipei University of Technology. "In recognition of outstanding acheivement in the discipline of Literature." (2012)
Fellow, Newhouse Humanities Center, Wellesley College (2009)
Cornell Society of the Humanities (1986 - 1999)
Harvard Society of Fellows (1986 - 1999)
Martin Sampson Teaching Award (1985)
Quinney, Laura. "The Fragmentation of the Self and the Exile of the Soul in Wordsworth and Blake." Theories of the Self in the Long Eighteenth Century. Ed. John Baker and Marion LeClair., 2017 (forthcoming)
Laura Quinney. "Shelley and the Limit of Self-Knowledge." Self-Knowledge (Oxford Philosophical Concepts). Ed. Ursula Renz. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016 (forthcoming)
Quinney, Laura. ""'Subjectivity and Despair in Blake and Kierkegaard"." Romanticism and Philosophy: Thinking with Literature. Ed. Thomas Constantinesco and Sophie Mustitelli. Routledge, 2015 (forthcoming)
Quinney, Laura. "Laura Quinney on Merwin." Los Angeles Review of Books (2015)
Quinney, Laura. "William Blake and His Contemporaries." The Blackwell Companion to English Literature. vol. 3: Long Eighteenth-Century Literature 1660-1837. Ed. Robert DeMaria, Jr., et al.. London: Blackwell, 2014
Imagination, Parts 1 and 2. Speaker Quinney, Laura. Canadian Broadcasting Company, 2013.
Quinney, Laura. "Open Secrets: The Literature of Uncounted Experience,." by Anne-Lise Francois. The Wordsworth Circle vol. Spring 2011
Quinney, Laura. "Response to Nelson Hinton's review of William Blake on Self and Soul." The Wordsworth Circle spring 2011. (2011).
Quinney, Laura. "Romanticism, Gnosticism and Neoplatonism." Blackwell's Companion to British Romanticism. Ed. Charles Mahoney. London: Blackwell's, 2011. 412-24.
Quinney, Laura. "William Blake." The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Supplement. 2011.
Quinney, Laura. William Blake on Self and Soul. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.
Quinney, Laura. "Elizabeth Bishop, Complete Poems." New Literary History of America. Ed. Greil Marcus, Werner Sollers, and Lindsay Waters. Cambridge: Harvard, 2009. 953-7.
Quinney,Laura. "Ashbery the Neoplatonist." Something Understood. Ed. Nick Halpern and Stephen Burt. Charlottesville, VA: U Virginia Press, 2009. 291-301.
Quinney, Laura. "A House on Fire in Sunlight (The Poetry of Jack Gilbert)." Southwest Review 93. 4 (2008): 572-82.
Quinney, Laura. "An Interview with Harold Bloom." Romantic Praxis (2007): <http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/bloom_hartman/bloom/bloom.html>.
Quinney, Laura. "Escape From Repetition: Blake versus Locke and Wordsworth." Ritual, Routine, and Regime. Ed. Lorna Clymer. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007. 63-79.
Quinney, Laura. "Swerving Neoplatonists." The Wordsworth Circle 37. 1 (2007): 31-38.
Quinney, Laura. "Escape from Repetition." Repetition, Ritual, Regime. Ed. Lorna Clymer. University of Toronto, 2005
Quinney,Laura. Essay on Louise Gluck. London Review of Books, 2005.
Quinney,Laura. Essay on Paul Muldoon. London Review of Books, 2005.
Quinney,Laura. The Poetics of Disappointment. University of Virginia Press, 1999.
Quinney,Laura. Literary Power and the Criteria of Truth. University of Florida Presses, 1995.