Holly A. Laird

holly laird

Frances W. O'Hornett Professor of LiteratureDirector, Women's and Gender StudiesZink Hall 344

I like to teach, read, and write about Victorian and Modern literature, culture, and theory, especially turn-of-the-twentieth-century writing and transatlatic modernism. I am especially interested in women writers--having edited Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature from 1988 to 2005 and continuing to the present in a consultative position to this scholarly journal. For almost as long as I can remember myself, I have been fascinated by the lyric, and this fascination has led me to a book on D.H. Lawrence's poetry, a second book on coauthored verse--as well as fiction and autobiographies--and various articles on Michael Field, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Sitwell, and fin-de-siecle poetry, among other topics.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • PhD, English, Princeton, 1982
  • AB, English, Bryn Mawr College, 1977 (summa cum laude) 

Areas of Research Focus

  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century British Literature and Culture
  • Women's Literature
  • Critical Theory

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, 1981-1988
  • Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University, 1979-1980

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Interim Writing Director, Spring 2006
  • Acting Writing Director, 6/02-8/03 University of Tulsa Writing Program
  • Chair, Faculty of English, 5/00-8/03, University of Tulsa
  • Faculty Bread Loaf School of English (M.A. summer program, sponsored by Middlebury College) Vermont, Summer 2003; Alaska, Summer 2001; New Mexico, Summer 1999.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Princeton University Advisory Council for Program
    in the Study of Women and Gender, summer 2002-present
  • Advisory Board, Centre for Research into Gender in Culture
    and Society at Swansea University, Spring 2007-present
  • Modern Languages Association
  • South Central Modern Languages Association
  • National Council of Teachers in English
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • American Association of University Women
  • Council of Editors of Learned Journals
  • D. H. Lawrence Society of America

Courses Taught at TU

  • Gender in Modern Literature and Culture (ENGL 3523: ENGL 8123)
  • Modernism/Modernity (ENGL 3483:ENGL 8203)
  • History of Criticism: Plato to the Present (ENGL 4113)
  • Modern Women Writers (ENGL 3513; ENGL 8153)
  • Victorian Literature and the Construction of Authorship (ENGL 8183)
  • Theory II (ENGL 7063)
  • The Lyric (ENGL 4803)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007 Distinguished Editor Award, Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
  • 2003 University of Tulsa Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • 1991 Council of Editors of Learned Journals Award for Best Issue of 1991, for “Redefining Marginality,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.
  • 1989 NEH Summer Stipend
  • 1988 Outstanding Academic Book of 1988-1989, Choice Library Journal, for Self and Sequence: The Poetry of D. H. Lawrence.
  • 1985-1986 Sesquicentennial Associateship, University of Virginia.
  • 1980-1981 Whiting Fellowship, Princeton University.


  • Michael Field as ‘The Author of Borgia,'
    Michael Field and Their World, ed. Margaret Stetz and Cheryl A. Wilson (Rivendale Press, 2007), pp. 29-38.
  • ‘Records of pain and hope now spent': Elegy and Expenditure in D. H. Lawrence's Amores
    D. H. Lawrence: New Worlds, ed. Keith Cushman and Earl Ingersoll (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2003), pp. 132-50.
  • The Coauthored Pseudonym: Two Women Named Michael Field
    The Faces of Anonymity, ed. Robert Griffin (Palgrave, 2003), pp. 193-209.
  • The Death of the Author by Suicide: Fin-de-Siècle Poets and the Construction of Identity
    in The Fin de Siècle Poem: English Literary Culture and 1890s, ed. Joseph Bristow (Ohio University Press, 2005), pp. 116-51.
  • What Difference(s) Did She Make? Or, My Aunt, the Dragon
    Silver Jubilee Issue, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 26, No.1 (Spring 2007), 15-22.
  • Women Coauthors
    (University of Illinois Press, 2000)
  • ‘A hand spills from the book's threshold': Coauthorship's Readers
    PMLA 116 (March 2001), 344-53.