Laura  Heffernan

Associate Professor

English • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Modernism, Disciplinary History, History of the Novel, Sociology of Expertise


University of Pennsylvania PhD 2007 (English)

University of Pennsylvania BA 1999 (English)



  • Ralph Cohen Essay Prize for "The Common Reader and the Archival Classroom," New Literary History, 2011
  • 2011-12 UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Award of Research Excellence

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowship, 2012-14 for The Historicist Classroom (with Rachel Buurma, Swarthmore College)
  • Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Brown University, 2010-11
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Center Summer Research Fellow, 2008

Publications & Presentations


  • The Teaching Archive: A New History of Literary Study. co-authored with Rachel Sagner Buurma. (under contract, University of Chicago Press).
  • Laura Riding's Contemporaries and Snobs [1928], Laura Heffernan and Jane Malcolm, eds. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2014).


  • "The Classroom and the Canon: T.S. Eliot’s Modern English Literature tutorial and The Sacred Wood.” Co-authored with Rachel Sagner Buurma. PMLA, March 2018.
  • "Abstraction and the Amateur: De-disciplining T.E. Hulme,” Modernism/modernity 21.4 (Novem- ber 2014), 881-898.
  • "Notation after 'The Reality Effect': Remaking Reference with Roland Barthes and Sheila Heti." Representations 125.1 (Winter 2014): 80-102.
  • "Interpretation, 1880 and 1980," co-authored with Rachel Buurma, Victorian Studies 55.4 (Summer 2013): 615-28.
  • "The Common Reader and the Archival Classroom: Disciplinary History for the 21st Century." with Rachel Buurma. New Literary History 43.1 (Spring 2012): 113-135.
  • "The Baffled, the secret, the true: John Rodker and late avant-garde reading." Joyce's Disciples Disciplined: A Re-Exagmination of Work in Progress. Tim Conley, ed. (Dublin: UCD Press, 2010): 94-106.
  • "Reading Modernism's Cultural Field: Rebecca West's The Strange Necessity and the aesthetic 'system of relations,'" Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 27.2 (Fall 2008): 309-326.

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