Laura  Heffernan

Associate Professor

English • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Modernism, Disciplinary History, History of the Novel, Gender Theory, 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

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


--Laura Riding's Contemporaries and Snobs [1928], Laura Heffernan and Jane Malcolm, eds. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, forthcoming 2014)


--"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.

HeffernanContact Information

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