Rutgers English

Faculty Profile
Harriet Davidson

Harriet Davidson
Associate Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 022
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7348

Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2016

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Professor Davidson is author of T. S. Eliot and Hermeneutics: Absence and Interpretation in "The Waste Land" (Louisiana State University Press, 1985), editor of the Longman Reader on T.S. Eliot (Longman Publishing Group, 1999), and the author of numerous articles on poetry, theory and feminism. She was Director of Women's Studies for six years, inaugurating in 2001 a new department and Ph.D. program in Women's and Gender Studies in 2001; and in 1997 she organized the Rutgers conference "Poetry and the Public Sphere." Her current work explores the cultural function of poetry, theories of witnessing, feminist aesthetic theories, and postmodernism.
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Vanderbilt University
MA, Vanderbilt University
BA, The University of Texas at Austin
Gender and Sexuality; Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature; Twentieth Century and Contemporary Poetry
Other Department and University Positions
Dean, Douglass Residential College and Douglass Campus

T. S.  Eliot and Hermeneutics

Longman Reader on T. S. Elliot

Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Feminist Theory
  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Modern Poetry
  • Poetry by Women
  • Close Reading
  • Critical Theory
  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Introduction to Twentieth-Century Studies
  • Later Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • Poetry and Postmodernism
  • The Criticism of Poetry