Holly Laird - Faculty & Adjuncts

Holly Laird, PhD

Holly Laird, PhD
Professor of English and Professor of English and Frances W. O’Hornett Professor of Literature
College of Arts & Sciences
English and Creative Writing
918-631-3408 Zink Hall Room ZH344


PhD – Princeton University AB – Bryn Mawr College


Holly A. Laird likes to teach, read, and write about Victorian and Modern literature, culture, and theory, especially turn-of-the-twentieth-century writing and transatlantic modernism. She is especially interested in women writers--having edited Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature from 1988 to 2005 and now Co-editing, with Kaye Mitchell (UK), Contemporary Women's Writing (Oxford). Laird states, "For almost as long as I can remember myself, I have been fascinated by the lyric, and this fascination has led me to a book on D.H. Lawrence's poetry (Self and Sequence), a second book on coauthored verse (Women Coauthors)--as well as fiction and autobiographies--and various articles on Michael Field, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Sitwell, and fin-de-siecle poetry, among other topics."

Research Interests

Victorian and Modern literature, culture, and theory, especially turn-of-the-twentieth-century writing, transatlantic modernism, and contemporary women’s writing
Women writers, having edited Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature from 1988 to 2005 and now Co-editing Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford), with Kaye Mitchell (UK)

Teaching Interests

Victorian and Modern literature, culture, and theory, especially transatlantic modernism and contemporary women’s writing



  • Laird , H. The History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 7, 1880-1920. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Women Coauthors (University of Illinois Press, 2000).

  • Self and Sequence {University Press of Virginia, June 1988). –selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1988-1989.

Journal Articles

  • “Between the (Disciplinary) Acts: Modernist Suicidology,” Modernism/Modernity,
    September issue, 18.3 (2011), 525-50.

  • “Suicide in D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love: a modernist ethics,” New D. H. Lawrence, ed. Howard Booth (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), pp. 59-79.

  • “Michael Field as ‘The Author of Borgia,”‘ Michael Field and Their World, ed. Margaret Stetz and Cheryl A. Wilson (Rivendale Press, 2007), pp. 29-38.

  • “Reading ‘Virginia’s Death’: A (Post)Traumatic Narrative of Suicide,” Virginia Woolf and
    Trauma, ed, David Eberly and Suzette Henke (Pace University Press, 2007), pp. 247-

  • “What Difference(s) Did She Make? Or, My Aunt, the Dragon,” Silver Jubilee Issue, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 26, No.I (Spring 2007), 15-22.

  • “The Death of the Author by Suicide: Fin-de-Siecle Poets and the Construction ofldentity,” in The Fin de Siecle Poem: English Literary Culture and 1890s, ed. Joseph Bristow (Ohio University Press, 2005), pp. 116-51.

  • “‘Records of pain and hope now spent’: Elegy and Expenditure in D. H. Lawrence’s Amores,” Dickinson, 2003), pp. 132-50.

  • “The Coauthored Pseudonym: Two Women Named Michael Field,” The Faces of Anonymity,ed. Robert Griffin (Palgrave, 2003), pp. 193-209.

  • ‘”A hand spills from the book’s threshold’: Coauthorship’s Readers,” PMLA 116 (March 200 I),

  • Aurora Leigh: An Epical Ars Poetica,” rpt. in Critical Essays on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ed. Sandra Donaldson (G. K. Hall, 1999), pp. 275-90.

  • “That’s Not Funny: Laughter and Nonsense in the Making and (Postmodern) Remaking of Modernism,” in The Future of Modernism</u<, ed. Hugh Witemeyer (University of Michigan Press, 1997), pp. 79-100.

  • “‘Homunculus Stirs’: Masculinity and the Mock-Heroic in Birds. Beasts and Flowers,” in
    Lawrence and Comedy. ed. Paul Eggert and John Worthen (Cambridge University Press,
    1996), pp. 109-30.

  • “Lawrence’s Beginnings: Sexuality, Literary Success and Gender in the Production of Love Poems and Others,” in D. H. Lawrence: The Cosmic Adventure, ed.

  • Aurora Leigh: An Epical Ars Poetica,” rpt. in Aurora Leigh, ed. Margaret Reynolds (New York: W. W. Norton, 1996), pp. 534-40.

  • Lawrence B. Gamache and Phyllis Perrakis (Ottawa: Borealis Press, 1996), pp. 119-45. “Contradictory Legacies: Michael Field and Feminist Restoration,” Victorian Poetry 33, No. I
    (1995), 111-28.

  • “Reviewing Reviewing,” College Literature 21, No.3 (1994), 62-65.

  • “Editing Feminist Journals: Report on the October 1993 Conference, ‘Publishing Feminist
    Scholarship,”‘ Chain 1 (Spring/Summer 1994), 196-205.

  • “Reading the Scholarly Journal as a Can/non,” College Literature 19, No. I (1992), 110-13.

  • “Aurora Leigh: An Epical Ars Poetica,” in Writing the Woman Artist: Literary Portraits and Self-Portraits, ed. Suzanne Jones (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991), pp. 353-70.

  • “Excavating the Early Poetry of D. H. Lawrence,” D. H. Lawrence Review 23, Nos. 2-3 (1991), 111-28.

  • . “The Politics of Publishing in Women’s Studies in the U.S.,” in AUETSA 90: Conference Papers, Vol. V: Feminism (University ofStellenbosch, 1990).

  • “Thinking Again about Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 8, No. I (1989), 7-18.

  • “Heroic Theater in David,” in Critical Essays on D. H. Lawrence, ed. Dennis Jackson, Critical Essays on British Literature Series (G. K. Hall & Co., June 1988), pp. 203-09.

  • “‘Strange, Torn Edges’: Reading the Collected Poems of D. H. Lawrence,” in The Spirit of D.H. Lawrence, ed. Gamini Salgado and G. K. Das (Macmillan, Nov. 1986), pp. 199-213.

  • “The Poems of ‘Piano’,” D. H. Lawrence Review, Centennial Issue, 18 (Summer-Fall 1985-86), 183-99.

Book Chapters

  • Laird , H. “‘D. H. Lawrence and Modernism,’”. *D. H. Lawrence in Context*, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • “Against the (English) Nation: The Far Horizon,” in *Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays on Lucas Malet*, edited by Alexandra Gray and Jane Ford, Routledge, 2019

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue, “The Poetry of D. H. Lawrence,” *D. H. Lawrence Review 40.2 (2015 [2016]); Introduction, pp. 1-10

  • Laird , H. “‘Introduction: A Revolutionary Moment’”. The History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 7, 1880-1920, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 1-20.
  • Laird , H. “‘This Nation Which Is Not One: Olive Schreiner’s *The Story of an African Farm*’”. The History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 7, 1880-1920, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 137-4.
  • Laird , H. “‘D. H. Lawrence’”. The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.


Journal Article Reviews

  • “The Short Fiction of D. H. Lawrence,” Review Essay of Janice Hubbard Harris, The Short
    Fiction of D. H. Lawrence, in Papers in Language and Literature 24 (Winter 1988), I 03-08.

Invited Reviewed Articles


  • Laird , H. “‘Bibliography of Scholarship on the Poetry of D. H. Lawrence,’”. D. H. Lawrence Review Special Issue, “The Poetry of D. H. Lawrence”, Vol. 40, D. H. Lawrence Review, 2016, pp. 136-45.
  • Contribution to Millennium issue of PMLA 115 (winter 2000), 2072-73.

Courses Taught

  • 19th-Century British Texts and Contexts
  • Dissertation
  • Poetry and the Modern World
  • Special Topics in English Literature
  • Special Topics: Literature and Language II
  • African-American Autobiography
  • Queer Theory/Queer Lives
  • Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • Women's Writings: Texts and Contexts
  • Qualifying Exam Preparation
  • Theory II
  • First Seminar
  • Independent Study
  • Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing
  • Gender Formation in Modern Literature

Awards & Honors

  • University of Tulsa Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Recognition for Service as President and Vice President
  • Frances W. O’Hornett Chair of Literature
  • Distinguished Editor Award
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Linda J. Lacey Award for Mentoring Excellence
  • Ruth and Lillian Marino Chair