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Holly Laird, PhD

Holly Laird, PhD
Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program
Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature
918-631-3408 Zink Hall Room 341

Education

PhD – Princeton University AB – Bryn Mawr College

Bio

Holly Laird likes to teach, read, and write about Victorian and Modern literature, culture, and theory, especially turn-of-the-twentieth-century writing and transatlatic modernism. She is especially interested in women writers--having edited Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature from 1988 to 2005 and continuing to the present in a consultative position to this scholarly journal. 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, a second book on coauthored verse--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 and transatlantic modernism
Women writers, having edited Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature from 1988 to 2005 and continuing to the present in a consultative position to this scholarly journal

Teaching Interests

Victorian and Modern literature, culture, and theory, especially turn-of-the-twentieth-century writing and transatlantic modernism

Publications

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

  • Women Coauthors (University of Illinois Press, 2000).

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

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

  • “‘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.

  • “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.

  • . “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.

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

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

  • “‘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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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),
    344-53.

  • “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.

  • “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-
    69.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • Contribution to Millennium issue of PMLA 115 (winter 2000), 2072-73.

Courses Taught

  • Dissertation
  • Theory I
  • Victorian Period in British Literature

Awards & Honors

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