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.
Teaching and Professional Experience:
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, promoted to Professor in 2000, and recognized as a Distinguished Achievement Professor in 2013. She served as the English Department Undergraduate Adviser from 1987-96, the Director of Graduate Studies from 1998-02, the Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2002-04, the Department Head from 2004-08, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2009-2012.
Teaching Emphases and Research Interests:
- British Romanticism
- Romantic Women Poets
- William Blake
- Mary Tighe
- Gothic Literature
- 18th-, 19th- and 20th-Century Women Writers
Since the early 1990s her research has focused on the work of Romantic-era women poets, with particular emphasis on the poetry of Mary Tighe (1772-1810), once best known for her influence on Keats but now recognized as a major Romantic-era writer. She has co-edited two essay collections that speak to the value of reading and teaching the writings of once-neglected or forgotten Romantic-era women poets, Approaches to Teaching Women Poets of the British Romantic Period (MLA, 1997) and Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception (Kentucky, 1999); the first scholarly edition of Tighe’s poetry and journals, The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe (Kentucky, 2005); the first print edition of Tighe’s manuscript novel “Selena,” Selena by Mary Tighe: A Scholarly Edition (Ashgate, 2012); and the first edition of Tighe’s two-volume 1805 manuscript collection of original poems and illustrations, Mary Tighe’s Verses Transcribed for H.T.: An Electronic Edition (Romantic Circles, 2015). In addition to Dr. Linkin’s work on Tighe and other Romantic-era women poets, her publications explore women’s literary history, how we are teaching Romanticism, feminist readings of canonical Romantic poets (especially Blake), and feminist approaches to nineteenth- and twentieth-century women writers, gender and language theory, and stylistics.
She received the Patricia Christmore Junior Faculty Award in 1989, the El Paso Natural Gas Faculty Achievement Award in 1996, an A&S Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006, the University Research Council Distinguished Career Award in 2008, the Manasse Research Award in 2011, and the Excellence in Academic Advising Award in 2012, and an A&S Research Award in 2014.
- Mary Tighe’s Verses Transcribed for H.T.: An Electronic Edition. Romantic Circles, 2015. <http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/tighe_verses>.
- “Mary Tighe’s Newly Discovered Letters and Journals to Caroline Hamilton.” Romanticism (October 2015).
- “Reassessing Mary Tighe as a Lyrical and Political Poet: The Archival Discovery of Tighe’s Verses Transcribed for H.T. (1805).” Women’s Writing 22:2 (May 2015): 189-298. DOI: 10.1080/09699082.2015.1011837.
- “Mary Tighe, Thomas Moore, and the Publication of Selena.” Review of English Studies (October 2013). DOI: 10.1093/res/hgt098.
- Selena by Mary Tighe: A Scholarly Edition. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.
- “William Blake: The Book of Thel.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 1,456 words. 20 January 2012. http://www.litencyc.com. “Conversation and Friendship Poems.” The Encyclopedia of Romanticism. Ed. Frederick Burwick, Nancy Goslee and Diane Hoeveler. 3 vols. London: Blackwell, 2012. 1,291-96.
- “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, 2010. pp. 301-20. Reprinted 2013.
- “Mary Tighe: A Portrait of the Artist in the Twenty-First Century.” Companion to Irish Literature. Ed. Julia M. Wright. 2 vols. London: Blackwell, 2010. pp. 292-309.
- “Mary Tighe and Literary History: the Making of a Critical Reputation.” Literature Compass 7:7 (July 2010): 564-76.
- “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.
- “Performing Discussion: the Dream of a Common Language in the Literature Classroom.” Pedagogy 10:1 (January 2010): 167-74.
- “Lucy Hooper, William Blake, and ‘The Fairy’s Funeral.'” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 54 (May 2009): 1-26.
- “Mary Tighe.” Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period. Ed. Stephen C. Behrendt. Alexander Street Press, 2008.
- “William Blake and Romantic Women Poets: ‘Then what have I to do with thee?’” In Women Reading William Blake. Ed. Helen P. Bruder. London: Palgrave, 2006. 127-36.
- The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 2005.
- “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.
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