Liora Selinger is a PhD candidate in the department of English. Her research focuses on representations of student-centered learning in British Romantic-era literature in which child characters and child readers are invited to participate in developing knowledge rather than required to passively receive adults’ explanations. In the poetry, prose, and pedagogic writing of Isaac Watts, Anna Barbauld, Mary Lamb, William Wordsworth, Thomas De Quincey, and Lewis Carroll, her dissertation, Romanticism, Childhood, and the Poetics of Explanation, reveals an early literary history of progressive education in which adults and children share conversations of collaborative discovery that value and respond to the child’s initiative and curiosity.
Liora is the recipient of the 2019 McCosh Teaching Award. As a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow, she currently teaches a course on Curiosity in Princeton’s Writing Program and has taught in the Children’s Literature course and the Nineteenth-Century Fiction course in Princeton’s English Department. Along with Professor Bill Gleason, she developed a digital humanities curriculum for the use of Princeton’s digital ABC Books archive in the ENG 385: Children’s Literature course. She also teaches courses on Memory and Autobiography and, as part of Princeton’s Freshman Scholars Institute, she has taught “Ways of Knowing.” Prior to joining Princeton’s English department, Liora taught Kindergarten in New York City.
Liora’s research has been supported by Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion and she has coordinated the English Department’s Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Colloquium and Contemporary Poetry Colloquium and is an active participant in Princeton’s Historical Poetics Reading Group.
“The Work of Play and the Pleasures of Work in Mary Lamb’s Mrs. Leicester’s School,” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 15.2 (Summer 2019).