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Constance W. Hassett

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BA, Notre Dame College (Cleveland); MA, Boston College; PhD, Harvard University

Research and Teaching Interests: Victorian literature; nineteenth-century poetry; Victorian pre-Raphaelite poet-painters; contemporary poetry

About Constance Hassett

Constance Hassett is the author of Christina Rossetti: The Patience of Style (University Press of Virginia, 2005) which won the 2005 Robert Penn Warren/Cleanth Brooks Award for literary criticism, as well as The Elusive Self in the Poetry of Robert Browning (Ohio University Press, 1982). Constance Hassett has also written about Harriet Martineau's position as a radical abolitionist in "Siblings and Antislavery: The Literary & Political Relations of Harriet Martineau, James Martineau, & Maria Weston Chapman" in Signs, and published inter-disciplinary studies of the Pre-Raphaelite poet-painters including "Elizabeth Siddal's Poetry: A Problem and Some Suggestions"; "Esthetic Autonomy in the Sister Arts: The Brotherly Project of Rossetti and Morris"; "The Style of Evasion: William Morris's The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems." She and James Richardson have co-authored a speculative essay on the "dead-lady" genre entitled "Looking at Elaine: Keats, Tennyson, and The Directions of the Poetic Gaze." A new project, which grows out of her work with the Poets Out Loud reading series at Lincoln Center, examines nineteenth- and twentieth-century poets' ambitious experiments with style and asks what currently working poets' practices might contribute to our understanding of earlier generations' innovations.