University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English

Andrew Elfenbein

English Language & Lit 210A LindH 207 Church St SE


Andrew Elfenbein researches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, the history of authorship, queer theory, linguistics, and cognitive approaches to literacy. His current work focuses on historical linguistics as a theoretical and practical challenge to governing paradigms in literary critical study. In connection with cognitive scientists, he has also begun extensive empirical work on reading in order to provide criticism with better and more sensitive models for the reading process. He has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society and the Howard Foundation and was a Scholar of the College for the College of Liberal Arts in 2000-2003. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of British Studies and serves on the editorial boards of Genders, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, the Victorian Board of NINES (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship), and the Victorian Board of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net.


  • British literature, history, and culture, 1700-1900
  • cognition and reading
  • queer theory
  • history of English
  • influence study
  • the study of authorship
  • empirical psychology and literary study

Educational Background

  • Ph. D.: English, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1991.
  • B. A., summa cum laude: English, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1986.


  • Elfenbein, Andrew. Romanticism and the Rise of English. Stanford, 2009.
  • Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role: Elfenbein, Andrew, Columbia University Press, Between-Men, Between-Women Series, 1999. Link
  • Byron and the Victorians: Elfenbein, Andrew, Cambridge University Press, Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series , 4 , 1995. Link
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula. Elfenbein, Andrew, Longman Cultural Editions New York: Longman, Editor, forthcoming.
  • Picture of Dorian Gray. Elfenbein, Andrew, Longman Cultural Editions New York: Longman, Editor, 2007.
  • Defining Influences: Elfenbein, Andrew, Modern Language Quarterly, 69 , December 2008.
  • Byron and Disability: Elfenbein, Andrew, European Romantic Review, 12 , 2001.
  • Sweet Silent Thought: Alliteration and Resonance in Poetry Comprehension: Elfenbein, Andrew, * Lea, Brooke, David Rapp, Aaron Mitchel, and Russell Swinburne Romine, Psychological Science , 19.7 709-16, July 2008.
  • Cognitive Science and the History of Reading: Elfenbein, Andrew, PMLA , 121 484-502, 2006.
  • "Romantic English.": Elfenbein, Andrew, Modern Philology, 102 56-89, 2004.
  • "Introduction“ and On the Discrimination of Influences: Elfenbein, Andrew, Modern Language Quarterly , 69 433-36; 481-507, 2008.
  • Romanticism and the Standardization of English: Elfenbein, Andrew, Ed. James Chandler and Maureen McClane, Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge Companion to Romantic Poetry, 76-97, 2008.
  • Romantic Loves: A Response to Historicizing Romantic Sexuality: Elfenbein, Andrew, Ed. Richard Sha, Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, Historicizing Romantic Sexuality, 2006. Link
  • Contesting Heterodoxy: Mrs. Hemans vs. Lord Byron: Elfenbein, Andrew, Ed. Nanora Sweet and Barbara Taylor, Romantic Circles Electronic Editions, The Sceptic: A Hemans-Byron Dialogue, 2004. Link
  • Byron: Gender and Sexuality: Elfenbein, Andrew, Ed. Drummond Bone, Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge Companion to Byron, 56-73, 2004.
  • The Management of Desire in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure: Elfenbein, Andrew, Ed. Patsy S. Fowler and Alan Jackson, New York: AMS, Fanny Hill: Essays on the Novel and Its Influences, 27-48, 2003.
  • Papadada: Reinventing the Family: Elfenbein, Andrew, John Watkins, Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature The Adoption Issue, 301-18, 2002.
  • Paranoid Poetics: Byron, Schreber, Freud: Elfenbein, Andrew, ed. Richard Sha, Romanticism on the Net 23 , special issue on Romanticism and Sexuality , August 2001. Link
  • "Lesbian Aestheticism on the Eighteenth-Century Stage." : Elfenbein, Andrew, Eighteenth-Century Life, 25, 2001.
  • "Whitman, Democracy, and the English Clerisy." : Elfenbein, Andrew, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 56 , 2001.

Research Activities

  • Romanticism and the History of English
  • Revising Influence

Professional Activities

  • Chair, James Russell Lowell Prize Committee: selecting best book of the year in literary criticism , Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013
  • Editorial Board, _Gender_: 1998 - 2011
  • Associate Editor: JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES , 2005 - 2010


  • ACLS Fellowship, 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
  • _Romanticism and the Rise of English_ awarded _Choice Outstanding Academic Book_, 2009
  • Howard Foundation Fellowship, 2005 - 2006
  • American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship, 2005 - 2006
  • Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2002 - 2003
  • Ruth Christie Distinguished Teacher Award, 2000 - 2002
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship
  • College of Liberal Arts, Scholars of the College, University of Minnesota, 2000
  • Byron and the Victorians awarded Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1995
  • Graduate School Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1993
  • McKnight Summer Research Fellowship, 1993

Courses Taught

  • Passionate Work: The Work of the Emotions in Eighteenth-Century British and French Literature
  • Victorian Poetry
  • EngL 8170 - Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Nineteenth-Century Prose
  • The Dark Side of the Enlightenment
  • The Age of Wollstonecraft
  • Decadence
  • GLBT 1001 - Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
  • EngL 3004 - Historical Survey of British Literature I and II
  • Techniques of Literary Study
  • GLBT Literatures and Cultures
  • Shakespeare
  • Romanticism
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