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Laura Heffernan

2007 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): James English
"'Bad Form': Modernist Criticism and the Cultural Life of the Aesthetic, 1909-1929"

University of North Florida

Laura Heffernan received her doctorate in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in modernist literature. Her dissertation examined the practice of literary criticism in British modernism from 1909 to 1929. She has written on Rebecca West’s aesthetic theory (forthcoming, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and is the author of a reader’s guide to Ulysses (Sparkpublishing, 2002). She has taught courses at Penn on twentieth-century British literature, modernist literature, literary theory, theories of gender and sexuality, British cultural studies, and contemporary British film. In 2007, she received a Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Courses Taught

spring 2009

ENGL 059.401 Modernisms and Modernities  

fall 2008

ENGL 258.301 Reading Joyce  

spring 2008

ENGL 059.401 Modernisms and Modernities  
ENGL 295.301 Cultural Studies  

fall 2007

ENGL 016.302 Twentieth-Century Realisms  

spring 2007

fall 2006

summer 2006

ENGL 259.920 Modernist Controversies