Texas Tech University

Elissa Zellinger

Dr. Elissa Zellinger is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at Texas Tech University. She is the author of Lyrical Strains: Liberalism and Women's Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America from the University of North Carolina Press (November 2020). Her next project concerns how professionalization, memorialization, and late-nineteenth century poetry mediate justice and equality in the public sphere. 

Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Lyrical Strains: Liberalism and Women's Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press; November 2020).


"The Poetic Acts of E. Pauline Johnson." ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, vol. 65, no. 2 (2019), pp. 73-122. 

“'Force them into fair dealing': Poetic Professionalism in Elizabeth Akers Allen's Letters.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 35, no. 1 (Summer 2018), pp. 65-91. 

“Stephen Crane and the Poetics of Nostalgia.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 57.3 (September 2015): 305-324. 

“Edna St. Vincent Millay and the Poetess Tradition.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 29.2 (December 2012): 240-262. 


2019, Faculty Award for Service, English Department, Texas Tech University. 

2018, Alumni College Fellow, Humanities Center, Texas Tech University. 

2015, Research Support Grant, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, ME. 

2010-2011, Stanley Paterson Research Fellowship, Friends of the Longfellow House, Cambridge, MA. 


Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Email: elissa.zellinger@ttu.edu
Office: 435