Judith Pascoe

George Mills Harper Professor
WMS 421
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, collecting history and theory, theatre and performance studies, digital humanities, voice recording history and theory

JUDITH PASCOE, George Mills Harper Professor of English; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Syracuse University; B.S., Duke University. She teaches classes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture, with special attention to collecting history and theory, voice recording, media theory, and absorption. She also teaches classes on prose style, focusing on the sentence and on innovations in critical writing. Pascoe was the director of a 2016-17 NEH Next Generation Humanities Ph.D. Planning Grant aimed at integrating rhetorical artfulness, digital humanities literacy, and flexible career preparation.

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and a Fulbright Japan Lecturing Award, Pascoe has written about theatrical self-representation in the 1790s (Romantic Theatricality [Cornell UP, 1996]) and about romantic-era collectors (The Hummingbird Cabinet [Cornell UP, 2006]). Her third book, The Sarah Siddons Audio Files:Romanticism and the Lost Voice (U of Michigan P, 2011), was the recipient of the Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History. In On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights in Japan (U of Michigan, 2017), Pascoe writes about the Japanese popularization and adaptation of Emily Brontë's masterwork, and also about intellectual mastery, foreign language learning, and literary longing.


  • On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights in Japan (University of Michigan Press, 2017).
  • The Sarah Siddons Audio Files: Romanticism and the Lost Voice (University of Michigan Press, 2011).
  • The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious History of Romantic Collectors (Cornell University Press, 2006).
  • Romantic Theatricality: Gender, Poetry, and Spectatorship (Cornell University Press, 1997).


  • Conversations Introducing Poetry (1804); Natural History of Birds (1807); What is She (1799), vol. 14, The Works of Charlotte Smith, gen. ed. Stuart Curran (Pickering and Chatto, 2007).
  • Maria Jane Jewsbury, The Oceanides (electronic edition prepared for Romantic Circles website), 2003.
  • Mary Robinson, Selected Poems (Broadview Press, 2000).

Selected Articles and Essays

  • “Caroline Heilbrun Told You So,” Public Books (7 September 2018)
  • “Happy Birthday to Emily Brontë, A Very Nasty Woman,” The Rambling, Issue 1, (16 July 2018)
  • “O. Henry’s ‘The Last Leaf’ and the Transit of Literature,” Studies in English and American Literature. No. 51 (March 2016): 11-20.
  • "My Last Index," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 March 2012.
  • "Lockwood and Blackwood's: Wuthering Heights, New Media, and Mediation," A Firm Perswasion: Essays in English Romanticism, ed. Hatsuko Niimi and Masashi Suzuki (Tokyo: Sairyusha, 2012), 83-101.
  • "Romantic Voices and Sound Recording," Essays in English Romanticism 34 (2010): 41-49.
  • "Ann Hatton's Celebrity Pursuits," Romanticism and Celebrity Culture, 1750-1850, ed. Tom Mole (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009): 245-163.
  • "Sarah Siddons, Theatre Voices and Recorded Memory," Shakespeare Survey 61 (2008): 1-12.
  • "Tiny Tomes," The American Scholar 75 (Summer 2006): 133-38.
  • "Collect-Me-Nots," New York Times, Op-Ed page, 17 May 2007.
  • "'Unsex'd Females': Barbauld, Robinson and Smith," The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1740-1830, ed. Tom Keymer and Jon Mee (Cambridge University Press, 2004), 211-26.
  • "Before I Read Clarissa I Was Nobody: Aspirational Reading and Richardson's Great Novel," The Hudson Review 56 (Summer 2003): 239-53.
  • "Poetry as Souvenir: Mary Shelley in the Annuals," Mary Shelley in Her Times, ed. Betty Bennett and Stuart Curran (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), 173-84.

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