Texas Tech University

Elissa Zellinger

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of English

Elissa ZellingerDr. Zellinger's research interests center on lyric poetry and liberal political philosophy and the way this connection has been fostered by the conflation of poet and poem, specifically in nineteenth-century American women's poetry. Her book project, Lyrical Strains: 1820-1920, examines how poetry by women allowed writers and readers to "strain" against and thereby clarify the assumptions of liberal selfhood in the U.S. during this period. Her interest in exploring how poetic communication inflects the formation of political identities has also inspired a second project examining the poetic performance of Native American identities from contact to the modernist era. Dr. Zellinger received her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining TTU she was a Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.

Recent Scholarship: "Stephen Crane and the Poetics of Nostalgia" appears in Texas Studies in Literature and Language (Sept 2015).