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Emeritus Profile
Alicia S.  Ostriker

Alicia S. Ostriker
Professor Emerita of English

At Rutgers since:  1965
Retired since:  2004
Ostriker's critical publications include Dancing at the Devil's Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic (2000); The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions (1997); and Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America (1987). Her poetry collections include The Book of Seventy (2009), a National Jewish Book Award winner; The Volcano Sequence (2002); Green Age (1989); The Little Space, Poems Selected and New,  which was nominated for a National Book Award (1998);The Crack in Everything, which won the Paterson Prize and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award and was nominated for the National Book Award (1996); The Imaginary Lover (1986), which won the William Carlos Williams Award; and The Mother/Child Papers (1986).  Professor Ostriker was active in Women's Studies and the Center for the Study of Jewish Life.
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, University of Wisconsin
MA, University of Wisconsin
BA, Brandeis University

Poetry; Feminism; Religion
Eighteenth-century; Romantic poetry


For the Love of God

No Heaven

The Volcano Sequence

Dancing at the Devil's Party

Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Poetry by Women
  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • Boundary Crossings: Gender, Race, and Myth in Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • Technique in English Poetry
  • Bible and Feminist Imagination

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 Undergraduate Students


Graduate Program in English


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