Liora Connor Selinger
Liora Connor is a PhD candidate in the department of English. Her research explores literary depictions of conversations between adults and children, and the ways in which adaptations of language to suit the perceived needs of children in the Romantic period impacted the forms of poetry and criticism of the time.
Her dissertation, Romanticism, Childhood, and the Poetics of Explanation, investigates the recurrent fixation on, desire for, ethics of, and social role of explanation in the 1780-1830 period, with readings of Anna Letitia Barbauld, Richard and Maria Edgeworth, Charles and Mary Lamb, Blake, De Quincey, and Wordsworth against the backdrop of the rise in mass education in Britain. Of particular interest are literary depictions of adults attempting to explain death to children and of children’s attempts at explaining death, and explanations of poetry for children. Associated interests include the literary history of the figure of the child liar, the child author, and the fraught relationships between the discourse of childhood and discourses regarding race, class, and gender.
Liora coordinates the English Department’s Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Colloquium and has coordinated the Contemporary Poetry Colloquium. She teaches in the undergraduate course on Children’s Literature and previously served as preceptor for the undergraduate course on Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Prior to joining the department in 2014, Liora taught kindergarten in New York City.