Elisa Tamarkin

Associate Professor
310 Wheeler
by appointment

Professional Statement

Elisa Tamarkin received her Ph.D. from Stanford and joined English at Berkeley after several years in the English Department at UC Irvine. She works in American literary and intellectual history before 1900, with special interest in the transatlantic eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and in American visual arts. She is the author of Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America (Chicago, 2008) and is currently writing a book on the history of ideas of relevance and irrelevance in art, politics, and philosophy.  Professor Tamarkin is the recipient of an ACLS Fellowship, a President’s Research Fellowship, and a Chancellor’s Fellowship. She serves on the editorial board of Representations and is past president of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.



Title Fields
Pic-book29 Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America
Anglophilia charts the phenomenon of the love of Britain that emerged after the Revolution and remains in the character of U.S. society and class, the style of academic life, and the idea of American intellectualism. But as Tamarkin shows, this Anglophilia was more than just an elite nostalgia; it was popular devotion that made reverence for British tradition instrumental to the psychologi....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 433 pp.


Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45B/2 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries Introductory Surveys
45B/201 -- discussion section Johnson, Sarah Jessica
45B/202 -- discussion section Lewis, Rachel Thayer
Spring, 2014
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
130A/1 American Literature: Before 1800
203/1 Graduate Readings: American Enlightenment and Revolution Graduate Courses

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