Berkeley English Faculty

Elisa Tamarkin

Elisa Tamarkin

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Wheeler Hall, room 310
Please email for an 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 painting.  Her new book, Apropos of Nothing: A History of Irrelevance and Relevance, is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.

Her previous book is Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America (Chicago, 2008).  She is now writing Melville’s Vision on Herman 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
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 Angl....(read more)

FIELDS:

English Department Classes
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

Boyle, Elizabeth Vinyard

45B/102 -- discussion section

Boyle, Elizabeth Vinyard

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

fall, 2019

198/9

Wheeler Connect: A Mentoring Program for Visiting Students

250/2

Research Seminar: Transcendentalism

spring, 2019

130A/1

American Literature: Before 1800

130C/1

American Literature: 1865-1900