Berkeley English Faculty

Elisa Tamarkin

Elisa Tamarkin

Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 420
Tuesdays 1-3 and Wednesdays 10-11, and by appointment
tamarkin@berkeley.edu


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 teaches and writes about American literature as well as topics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century intellectual history, philosophy, and art. 

She is the author of Apropos of Something: A History of Irrelevance and Relevance (University of Chicago Press, 2022) and Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America (Chicago, 2008).  She is now writing Melville’s Vision on Melville’s lifelong fascination with questions of visibility and consciousness in literature, art, and life.  Tamarkin is the recipient of an ACLS Fellowship, a President’s Research Fellowship, and a Chancellor’s Fellowship.  She serves on the editorial boards of Representations and Nineteenth-Century Literature and on the advisory board of PMLA.  She is Past President of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.


Books
Apropos of Something: A History of Irrelevance and Relevance
Apropos of Something: A History of Irrelevance and Relevance

Before 1800 nothing was irrelevant. So argues Elisa Tamarkin’s sweeping meditation on a key shift in consciousness: the arrival of relevance as the means to grasp how something that was once disregarded, unvalued, or lost to us becomes interesting an....(read more)

Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America
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 Anglo....(read more)


English Department Classes
fall, 2022

130C/1

American Literature: 1865-1900

203/2

Graduate Readings: Transcendentalists and Pragmatists

spring, 2022

100/3

The Seminar on Criticism: Approaching Walden

130A/1

American Literature: Before 1800

spring, 2021

130C/1

American Literature: 1865-1900

spring, 2020

45B/1

Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries

45B/101 -- discussion section

Vinyard Boyle, Elizabeth

45B/102 -- discussion section

Vinyard Boyle, Elizabeth

45B/103 -- discussion section

Sulpizio, Catherine Marcia

45B/104 -- discussion section

Sulpizio, Catherine Marcia

45B/105 -- discussion section

Laser, Jessica

45B/106 -- discussion section

Laser, Jessica

190/3

Research Seminar: American Romanticism