Emeritus Profiles

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  • Harriet Davidson
  • Position: Associate Professor of English
  • At Rutgers Since: 1984
  • Retired Since: 2020
  • Email Address: hardav@english.rutgers.edu
  • Bio: 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: M.A., Vanderbilt University B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Areas of Specialization: Gender and Sexuality; Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature; Twentieth Century and Contemporary Poetry
  • Undergraduate Courses Taught: Contemporary American Poetry Feminist Theory Introduction to Literary Theory Modern Poetry Poetry by Women
  • Graduate Courses Taught: Close Reading Critical Theory Introduction to Literary Theory Introduction to Twentieth-Century Studies Later Twentieth-Century Poetry Poetry and Postmodernism The Criticism of Poetry
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