Wendy Steiner
Richard L. Fisher Professor of English

Wendy Steiner is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English.

Trained at McGill (B.A.) and Yale (Ph.D.), Dr. Steiner teaches 20-21st-century literature and critical theory, and specializes in interrelations between visual and verbal art. Among her many books are The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism (among the "NY Times 100 Best Books of 1996"), Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in 20th-Century Art (2001), and The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art (2010). Dr. Steiner has received awards from the Guggenheim and Mellon Foundations among others, and her cultural reviews have appeared widely in U. S. and British periodicals, including the New York Times and the London Review of Books.  At Penn, she has served as Chair of the English Department, Founding Director of the Penn Humanities Forum, Master of Modern Languages College House, and director of the King's College Program in London.  She also writes opera librettos, one of which, The Loathly Lady, had its premiere at Irvine Auditorium in 2009.

last updated 2014/10/20

Publications

News & Events

2013/02/13    Wendy Steiner in The Nation

Courses Taught

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

English
104.401
English
295.301

Spring 2010

Fall 2009

English
591.401

Spring 2009

Fall 2008

Fall 2007

English
571.401

Spring 2007

English
261.301

Fall 2006

Spring 2006

Fall 2005

English
016.301

Spring 2005

Fall 2004

Spring 2004

Fall 2002

Spring 1998

Fall 1996

English
201.306

Spring 1996

English
104.001

Spring 1995

Fall 1994

English
104.001

Fall 1979

English
010.001
English
084.001

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