Liora Connor is a PhD candidate in the department of English. Her research explores the relationship between poetry and the rhetoric, epistemology, and ethics of explanation across the fields of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, poetics, and the history of childhood and education.
Her dissertation seeks to uncover ways in which Romantic poetry not only resisted explanatory formulations but also reflected desires for explanation, ideas of knowledge as social discourse, and an inauguration of a new definition of adulthood as a state of consciousness capable of, and inclined toward, particular modes of explanation. Associated interests include the role of the child in Romantic figurations of creativity: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fascinations with the child author, as well as with the child liar, and ways in which the Romantic child figure renegotiated the terms of the tradition that associates poetry with lies.
Liora coordinates the English Department’s Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Colloquium as well as the Contemporary Poetry Colloquium. She is currently a preceptor for the undergraduate course on Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Prior to joining the department in 2014, Liora taught kindergarten in New York City.