1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Herbert Tucker

John C. Coleman Professor

415 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 1-2
Wednesdays 2-4

Class Schedule:

TR 11:00 - 12:15
TR 3:30 - 4:45


Ph.D. Yale, 1977
B.A. Amherst, 1971


19th C British, Poetry


Epic, Oxford, 2008
Victorian Literature 1830-1900, Harcourt College Publishers, 2001

(Edited,with Dorothy Mermin) 

Critical Essays on Alfred Lord Tennyson , G. K. Hall & Company , 1993


Tennyson and the Doom of Romanticism, Harvard University Press, 1988

Edited Works

Song, special issue of NLH, 2015


  • “Terminal Swinburne.”  Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (2017).
  • “After Magic: Modern Charm in History, Theory, and Practice.”  New Literary History (2017).
  • “Influence: Tennyson to Wilde.”  In John Keats in Context, ed. Michael O’Neill. Cambridge, 2017.
  • “Fretted Lines: Di-versification in Augusta Webster’s Dramatic Monologues.”  Victorian Poetry (2017).
  • “Shock Troupers: Browning, Bidart, and the Drama of Prosody.”  Wordsworth Circle (2016).
  • “Christina Rossetti’s ‘Echo.’”  In Annette Federico, Engagements with Close Reading.  Routledge, 2016.
  • “Victorian(ist) Epistemographies.”  Victorian Studies (2014).
  • “Unsettled Scores: Meter and Play in Two Music Poems by Browning.”  Critical Inquiry (2014).
  • “The Victorian Problem with Joy.”  Nineteenth-Century Contexts (2013).
  • “A Field of Magpies: Disciplinary Emergence as Modus Vivendi in English Studies.”  Modern Language Quarterly (2014).
  • “Story.”  In The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, ed. Matthew Bevis.  Oxford, 2013.
  • “The Unappreciated Eliot: Poetry.”  In A Companion to George Eliot, ed. Harry E. Shaw and Amanda Anderson.  Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • “Shakespearean Being: The Victorian Bard.”  In Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare’s Poetry, ed. Jonathan F. S. Post.  Oxford, 2013.
  • “What Goes Around: Swinburne’s Century of Roundels.”  In Algernon Charles Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate, ed. Catherine Maxwell and Stefano Evangelista.  Manchester, 2013.
  • “At the Bottom Line: How Hardy Tries Conclusions.”  Thomas Hardy Journal  (2012).
  • “Epic.”  In Cambridge History of English Literature: The Victorian Period, ed. Kate Flint. (2012).
  • “Poetic Data and the News in Poems: A For Better for Verse Memoir.” Victorian Poetry  (2011).
  • “Ever a Fighter: Browning’s Struggle with Conflict.”  Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature, ed. Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn. Palgrave (2010).
  • “Over Worked, Worked Over: A Poetics of Fatigue.”  In The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and  Victorian Literature, ed. Rachel Ablow.  Michigan (2010).
  • “Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.”  In Cambridge History of English Poetry, ed. Michael O’Neill.  (2010).
  • “Alfred Lord Tennyson.”  In Cambridge Companion to the English Poets, ed. Claude Rawson.  (2010).


  • Tom Mole, What the Victorians Made of Romanticism: Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History.  In Modern Philology (2018).
  • Kevin McLaughlin, Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant.  In Victorian Studies (2016).
  • Annmarie Drury, Translation as Transformation in Victorian Poetry.  In Translation and Literature (2016).
  • Daniel Karlin, The Figure of the Singer.  In Victorian Studies (2016).
  • Linda K. Hughes, Victorian Poetry; Valentine Cunningham, Victorian Poetry Now.  In Victorian Studies (2013).
  • Gregory Tate, The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870.  In Journal of Victorian Culture (2013).
  • Jason D. Hall, ed.,  Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century.  In Victorians Institute Journal (2012).
  • Christopher M. Keirstead, Victorian Poetry, Europe, and the Challenge of Cosmopolitanism.  In Modern Language Quarterly (2012).
  • Peter France and Kenneth Haynes, eds., The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol 4. In Modern Philology (2010).


  • “Browning Takes Italy In.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, Florence (May 2017).
  • “Charms and the Nerd: Dark Arts, High Tech.” School of Literatures, University of Edinburgh (February 2017).
  • “Terminal Swinburne.” University of Cambridge. (July 2016).
  • “Verse Visa: Dickens Adapts Poetry in The Old Curiosity Shop.”  Dickens Society, Reykjavik  (July 2016).
  • “Augusta Webster’s Fretted Lines.” Yale University (May 2016).
  • “World of Our World: Microcosm and Form.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, Honolulu (July 2015).
  • “Outclassed: Henry Mayhew’s Quixotic Taxonomies.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, London, Ontario (November 2014).
  • “At the Doors of Perception: Liminality in Victorian Poetry.” Victorians Institute.  Charlotte (October 2014).
  • “Incantatory Yeats: The Charms of Prosody.”  Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland (July 2014).
  • “Evidently:  How Victorian Poems Meant Things.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena (October 2013).
  • “Balladry in Motion.”  North American Society for the Study of  Romanticism, Boston University.  (August 2013).
  • “Panic and Mirth: 1874, Coincidentally.”  Northeast Victorian Studies Association, Boston University (April 2013).
  • “Browning, in Charm’s Way.”  Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University (November 2012).
  • “Word Magic: Victorian Charm in Theory and Practice.”  Australasian Victorian Studies Association, Brisbane (April 2012).
  • “Of Shakespearean Being: The Victorian Bard.”  Department of English, Massey University, New Zealand (April 2012)
  • "Marginalia: The Littoral Figure in Victorian Poetry.”  Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (March 2012).
  • “Unsettled Scores: Structure and Play in Browning’s Music Poems.”  University of Liverpool (November 2011).
  • “The Ekphrastic Witness in Michael Field’s Sight and Song.”  University of Oxford (October 2011).
  • “Compost Happens: A Synthetic Analysis.”  British Association for Victorian Studies, University of Birmingham (September 2011).
  • “Perspective, Scale, and Everything: Victorian All in All.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Montréal (November 2010).
  • “Epic into Novel: Return of the Living Dead.”  Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, Princeton University (November 2010).
  • “Charmed I’m Sure:  Notes on the Modern Declension of a Theme.”  International Association of University Professors of English. University of Malta (July 2010).


  • Associate Editor, New Literary History, Virginia, 1996-
  • Series Editor, Victorian Literature and Culture, Virginia, 1989-


  • International Senior Research Fellow (Durham University), 2017
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow (Queen Mary University of London), 2017
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences,   2011-
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2011-2012
  • Fellow, Teaching and Technology Initiative (Virginia), 2008-2009
  • Margaret Bundy Scott Visiting Professor (Williams College), 2006
  • Donald J. Gray Prize (North American Victorian Studies Association), 2004
  • National Humanities Center Fellow, 2000-2001
  • Shannon Center for Advanced Studies (University of Virginia) 1986-1988, 1997
  • MLA-ACLS Fellow, 1982-1983
  • Whiting Fellow, 1976-1977
  • Danforth Fellow, 1973-1977