Theory & Criticism




Specialities: Queer and Trans Literature, Modern and Contemporary Anglophone, American Studies, Cultural Studies
B.A. in English, Rider University, 2018
Research and Teaching


I did my undergraduate work at The Ohio State University (BA ’18), where I trained in narratology with faculty in OSU’s Project Narrative. Since coming to UVA, I've devoted most of my research to British and American poetry from the Romantic period to the present; in particular, I study how poets roughly since William Blake have dealt with the representation of character, event, and other phenomena more commonly associated with prosaic than poetical forms.


Wei Liu is a PhD candidate whose interests include global modernisms, transnational and postcolonial studies, world literature, and poetry and poetics. He is working on a dissertation entitled "Provincial Matters: Poetry, Space, and Approaches to Global Cultural Politics 1936-2004."


My research centers the theory and history of the nineteenth-century British novel: most recently, the ways midcentury novels change at the hands of earlier-century lyric forms. I’m increasingly drawn to the interstices of realism, the everyday, and address, but at the heart of my work is a sustained preoccupation with aesthetic forms and their collisions over time. I am currently completing my Ph.D. in English Language & Literature at the University of Virginia (expected graduation 2023), and I received my B.A.


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