Elizabeth D. Harvey
Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto St. George
Office Phone: 416-946-0276
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 907
Mailing Address: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 610
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA
Teaching and Research Interests: Early modern literature, early modern study of the emotions and senses, history of medicine; Shakespeare, Donne, Spenser; literary theory, psychoanalytic theory, Anne Carson.
B.A. (Smith College), M.A., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University)
Professor Elizabeth Harvey specializes in the early modern literature, the early modern reception of classical literature; the history of medicine and the medical humanities; gender studies, literary theory, and psychoanalytic theory.
Her work has been generously supported by grants, fellowships, and awards that include (most recently) various SSHRC research grants, a long-term Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a residential fellowship at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, a Jackman Humanities Institute residential Faculty Fellowship, and a Northrop Frye Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. She is also a psychoanalyst in private practice.
She is currently completing two academic books. One is a co-authored book (with Timothy Harrison, University of Chicago), entitled John Donne’s Physics. The study investigates how Donne’s autobiographical account of his near fatal illness in Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions supplies through its difficult, knotty language a portrait of the author’s emotional, spiritual, and intellectual confrontation with seventeenth-century developments in science and medicine. John Donne’s Physics examines how thought is interlaced with affect through Donne’s highly self-reflexive experiments with language and figuration and how his apostrophes to God illuminate Donne’s mind in its encounter with the epistemological tumult of his historical moment. The second project is a book on Anne Carson, called Mourning Time. The book explores negative poetics, anachronism, and psychoanalytic thought in order to elaborate Carson’s theories about poetry, translation, grief, classical literature, and consciousness.Publications
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