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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

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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
My Classes

ENGL 222:
Exploring the Renaissance:

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    A study of selected works to introduce students to major issues in Renaissance literature and to the techniques of literary methodology. Each section of the course will range over a variety of literary genres central to this period (lyric poetry, epic poetry, drama and prose fiction). May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles. Offered when demand is sufficient

ENGL 355:
Shakespeare II

HUMN 220:
H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.