Director of Undergraduate Studies
New Mexico State University
Department of English
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3E
Las Cruces, NM 88003
- PhD in English Language and Literature (1985), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- MA in English Language and Literature (1981), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- BA in English (1979), Queens College, City University of New York, NY
Harriet Kramer Linkin received her B.A. in English summa cum laude from Queens College, City University of New York in 1979, her M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1981, and her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1985. She joined the faculty at New Mexico State University in 1986 as an Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature, was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1993, and promoted to Professor in 2000. She served as the English Department Undergraduate Adviser from 1987-96, the Director of Graduate Studies from 1998-02, Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2002-04, and Department Head from 2004-08. She received the Patricia Christmore Junior Faculty Award in 1989, the El Paso Natural Gas Faculty Achievement Award in 1996, and the University Research Council Distinguished Career Award in 2008.
Teaching Emphases and Research Interests
- British Romanticism
- Romantic Women Poets
- William Blake
- Mary Tighe
- Gothic Literature
- 18th-, 19th- and 20th-Century Women Writers
- Gender and Language
Courses Commonly Taught
- The Romantic Period
- Gothic Romanticism
- William Blake
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
- Trail of the Vampire
- 19th-Century Women's Poetry
- Gender and Language
- Women Writers
- Literary Criticism
- Survey of English Literature II
Honors Program Courses:
- The Gothic Imagination
- Multicultural Contemporary Women's Literature
"Mary Tighe in the Twenty-First Century." Companion to Irish Literature. Ed. Julia M. Wright. 2 vols. London: Blackwell, 2010.
"Postgraduate Study in Romanticism in the UK, the US, and Canada: Posting and Positing a Twenty-First Century Romanticism." Teaching Romanticism. Ed. David Higgins and Sharon Ruston. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
"Mary Tighe." Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period. Ed. Stephen C. Behrendt. Alexander Street Press, 2008.
"Mary Tighe and the Coterie of British Women Poets." The History of Women's Writing, 1750-1830. Ed. Jacqueline Labbe. Vol. 5 of The History of British Women's Writing. Eds. Cora Kaplan and Jennie Batchelor. 10 vols. London: Palgrave, 2008.
"Mary Tighe." The Dictionary of Irish Biography. Ed. James McGuire. 6 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. II.viii.
"William Blake and Romantic Women Poets: 'Then what have I to do with thee?'" In Women Read William Blake. Ed. Helen P. Bruder. London: Palgrave, 2006. 127-36.
"More than Psyche: the Sonnets of Mary Tighe." European Romantic Review 13:4 (December 2002): 365-78.
"Skirting around the Sex in Mary Tighe's Psyche." Studies in English Literature 42:4 (Autumn 2002): 731-52.
"How It Is: Teaching Women's Poetry in British Romanticism Courses." Pedagogy 1.1 (2000): 91-115.
Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception. Co-edited with Stephen C. Behrendt. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1999. [with essay on "Recuperating Romanticism in Mary Tighe's Psyche."]
"Transfigured Maternity in Blake's Songs of Innocence: Inverting the 'Maternity Plot' in 'A Dream.'" Blake, Politics and History. Edited by Jackie DiSalvo, George Anthony Rosso Jr. and Christopher Z. Hobson. New York: Garland Press, 1998.
Approaches to Teaching British Women Poets of the Romantic Period. Co-edited with Stephen C. Behrendt. New York: Modern Language Association Press, 1997. [with essay on "Teaching the Poetry of Mary Tighe: Psyche, Beauty, and the Romantic Object."]
"Romantic Aesthetics in Mary Tighe and Letitia Landon: How Women Poets Recuperate the Gaze." European Romantic Review 7:2 (1997): 159-88.
"Romanticism and Mary Tighe's Psyche: Peering at the Hem of Her Blue Stockings." Studies in Romanticism 35 (1996): 55-72.
"Taking Stock of the British Romantics Marketplace: Teaching New Canons through New Editions." Nineteenth Century Contexts 18 (1995): 111-23.
"'Call the Roller of Big Cigars': Smoking Out the Patriarchy in The Awakening." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 11 (1994): 130-42.
"Isn't It Romantic: Carter's Bloody Revision of the Romantic Aesthetic in 'The Erl-King.'" Contemporary Literature 35 (1994): 305-23. Reprinted in Critical Essays on Angela Carter. Ed. Lindsey Tucker. New York: G. K. Hall, 1998. 119-33.
"Shelley's Power as Perceiver." European Romantic Review 4:2 (Winter 1994): 151-62.
"Toward a Theory of Gendered Reading." Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy 30 (Fall 1993): 1-25. Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Linda Pavlovski. Vol. 146. Detroit: Gale, 2004.
"The Current Canon in British Romantics Studies." College English 53 (1991): 548-70.
"Revisioning Blake's Oothoon." Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly 23 (1990): 184-94.
I walked into my first classroom as a teacher in 1980, and despite my intense fear, I knew then, as I know now, that having the opportunity to teach is a great gift. Although teaching is hard work that is not well compensated, and the hours and days we spend preparing for classes often pass uncredited, there is no other work that could be as satisfying for me, as I have the chance to spend every day reading, writing, and talking about literature.