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Interests

  • British Renaissance poetry
  • Milton
  • Spenser
  • Women's Studies
 

Julia Walker

Professor of English

Welles 222A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
use email
walker@geneseo.edu

Julia Walker In Garden

Julia Walker has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1985.

"I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary. . ." 

John Milton, Aeropagitica

Faculty Information

Education

  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • B.S., M.S., University of Tennesee

Research Interests

Immediately after her dissertation and early articles on John Donne, Walker got distracted, seriously distracted, by Milton, then absurdly diverted by Spenser, dutifully waylaid by Christine de Pizan, and accidentally fascinated by what happened to Queen Elizabeth's body after she died in 1603. Now Walker is [finally] at work on a Donne book.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • The Elizabeth Icon 1603 – 2003. Palgrave/Macmillan UK, 2004.
  • Medusa's Mirrors: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Metamorphosis of the Female Self. University of Delaware Press, 1998.
  • editor, Dissing Elizabeth: Negative Representations of Gloriana, Duke University Press, 1998.
  • editor, Milton and the Idea of Woman, Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1988.
  • “The Poetics of Anti-text and the Politics of Milton's Allusions." SEL: Studies in English Literature 37 (1997) 151-71. [Milton Society's James Holly Hanford Award for the most distinguished Milton essay of 1997]
  • for other publications, see Walker's website
Spring 2016 Classes

ENGL 101:
Tp-Lit:Queen Elizabeth on Film

    A course exploring a particular topic involving specific themes, issues, authors, literary forms, or media types. Subtitles of "Topics in Literature" help students develop fundamental skills for crit
    ical reading and effective writing. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.)
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ENGL 366:
Conn-EarlyLit:Marxist Milton

    A course charting the historical movement of literature in the British Isles from earliest Anglo-Saxon documents to the Restoration. The major periods of Anglo-Saxon/Early Celtic, Anglo-Norman, Middle
    English, and Early Modern anchor a survey of representative works and authors (e.g. Beowulf, Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, Malory, Spenser, Donne, Milton). The course emphasizes historical, political and cultural events through which this literature was produced; the development of genres and poetics over time; and changes in language, especially in the ways that English has changed from Old English to Early Modern. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisite: ENGL 203
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