Chip Tucker

Herbert Tucker

John C. Coleman Professor

415 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Weds 10:30AM-12:30PM and Thurs 9:00AM-10:00AM.
Class Schedule: Tu/Th 11:00-12:15, 3:30-4:45

19th C British, Poetry


Ph.D. Yale, 1977
B.A. Amherst, 1971


Epic, Oxford, 2008
Tennyson and the Doom of Romanticism, Harvard University Press, 1988

Edited Works

Writ Large, special issue of NLH, 2018
Song, special issue of NLH, 2015
Victorian Literature 1830-1900, Harcourt College Publishers, 2001
(Edited,with Dorothy Mermin)
Critical Essays on Alfred Lord Tennyson , G. K. Hall & Company , 1993

Digital Projects


  • “Gates of Horn in Ivory Towers: On Beauty’s Truth.”  In The Question of the Aesthetic, ed. George Levine, Oxford, 2022.
  • “Kingsley’s Muscular Poetics.”  In Charles Kingsley: Faith, Flesh and Fantasy, ed. Jonathan Conlin and J. M. I. Klaver.  Routledge, 2021.
  • “Victorian Quakerism: Evangelical Revival, Liberal Renaissance.”  Victorian Review 46 (2021).
  • “Balladry in Motion.”  Wordsworth Circle  (2021)
  • Dramatic Monologue.”  In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing, ed. Lesa Scholl.  Palgrave, 2019-. 
  • “Better Yet: Tennyson’s Poetic Revisionism in the Harvard Manuscripts.”  In Poetry in the Making: Creativity and Composition in Victorian Poetic Drafts, ed. Daniel Tyler.  Oxford, 2020.  52-77.
  • “Epic.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford University Press, 2015–.
  • “Afterword: The Well Spoken Hand.”  In Victorian Hands: The Manual Turn in Nineteenth-Century Body Studies, ed. Peter J. Capuano and Sue Zemka. Ohio State University Press, 2020.
  • "Formalism." Victorian Literature and Culture  (2018).
  • “Verse Visa:  Dickens Adapts Poetry in The Old Curiosity Shop.”  Nineteenth-Century Literature (2018).
  • “Changes of Address: Epic Invocation in Anglophone Romanticism.”  In The Call of Classical Literature in the Romantic Age, ed. K. P. Van Anglen and James Engell.  Edinburgh, 2017.
  • “Terminal Swinburne.”  Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (2017).
  • “After Magic: Modern Charm in History, Theory, and Practice.”  New Literary History (2017).
  • “Influence: Tennyson to Wilde.”  In John Keats in Context, ed. Michael O’Neill. Cambridge, 2017.
  • “Fretted Lines: Di-versification in Augusta Webster’s Dramatic Monologues.”  Victorian Poetry (2017).
  • “Shock Troupers: Browning, Bidart, and the Drama of Prosody.”  Wordsworth Circle (2016).
  • “Christina Rossetti’s ‘Echo.’”  In Annette Federico, Engagements with Close Reading.  Routledge, 2016.
  • “Victorian(ist) Epistemographies.”  Victorian Studies (2014).
  • “Unsettled Scores: Meter and Play in Two Music Poems by Browning.”  Critical Inquiry (2014).
  • “The Victorian Problem with Joy.”  Nineteenth-Century Contexts (2013).
  • “A Field of Magpies: Disciplinary Emergence as Modus Vivendi in English Studies.”  Modern Language Quarterly (2014).
  • “Story.”  In The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, ed. Matthew Bevis.  Oxford, 2013.
  • “The Unappreciated Eliot: Poetry.”  In A Companion to George Eliot, ed. Harry E. Shaw and Amanda Anderson.  Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • “Shakespearean Being: The Victorian Bard.”  In Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare’s Poetry, ed. Jonathan F. S. Post.  Oxford, 2013.
  • “What Goes Around: Swinburne’s Century of Roundels.”  In Algernon Charles Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate, ed. Catherine Maxwell and Stefano Evangelista.  Manchester, 2013.


  • Tom Mole, What the Victorians Made of Romanticism: Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History.  In Modern Philology (2018).
  • Kevin McLaughlin, Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant.  In Victorian Studies (2016).
  • Annmarie Drury, Translation as Transformation in Victorian Poetry.  In Translation and Literature (2016).
  • Daniel Karlin, The Figure of the Singer.  In Victorian Studies (2016).
  • Linda K. Hughes, Victorian Poetry; Valentine Cunningham, Victorian Poetry Now.  In Victorian Studies (2013).
  • Gregory Tate, The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870.  In Journal of Victorian Culture (2013).
  • Jason D. Hall, ed.,  Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century.  In Victorians Institute Journal (2012).
  • Christopher M. Keirstead, Victorian Poetry, Europe, and the Challenge of Cosmopolitanism.  In Modern Language Quarterly (2012).
  • Peter France and Kenneth Haynes, eds., The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol 4. In Modern Philology (2010).


  • “Finding Eva Hoffman in Lost in Translation.”  International Association of University Professors of English, Poznan, Poland (July 2019)
  • “Good Enough to Eat: Orality and Consumption in Victorian Poetry.” Victorians Institute, Asheville  (November 2018).
  • “Unfinishing School:  Victorian Poetics of Imperfection.”  Northeast Victorian Studies Association, Philadelphia (April 2018)
  • “Browning Takes Italy In.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, Florence (May 2017).
  • “Charms and the Nerd: Dark Arts, High Tech.” School of Literatures, University of Edinburgh (February 2017).
  • “Terminal Swinburne.” University of Cambridge. (July 2016).
  • “Verse Visa: Dickens Adapts Poetry in The Old Curiosity Shop.”  Dickens Society, Reykjavik  (July 2016).
  • “Augusta Webster’s Fretted Lines.” Yale University (May 2016).
  • “World of Our World: Microcosm and Form.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, Honolulu (July 2015).
  • “Outclassed: Henry Mayhew’s Quixotic Taxonomies.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, London, Ontario (November 2014).
  • “At the Doors of Perception: Liminality in Victorian Poetry.” Victorians Institute.  Charlotte (October 2014).
  • “Incantatory Yeats: The Charms of Prosody.”  Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland (July 2014).
  • “Evidently:  How Victorian Poems Meant Things.”  North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena (October 2013).
  • “Balladry in Motion.”  North American Society for the Study of  Romanticism, Boston University.  (August 2013).
  • “Panic and Mirth: 1874, Coincidentally.”  Northeast Victorian Studies Association, Boston University (April 2013).
  • “Browning, in Charm’s Way.”  Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University (November 2012).
  • “Word Magic: Victorian Charm in Theory and Practice.”  Australasian Victorian Studies Association, Brisbane (April 2012).
  • “Of Shakespearean Being: The Victorian Bard.”  Department of English, Massey University, New Zealand (April 2012)
  • "Marginalia: The Littoral Figure in Victorian Poetry.”  Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (March 2012).
  • “Unsettled Scores: Structure and Play in Browning’s Music Poems.”  University of Liverpool (November 2011).
  • “The Ekphrastic Witness in Michael Field’s Sight and Song.”  University of Oxford (October 2011).
  • “Compost Happens: A Synthetic Analysis.”  British Association for Victorian Studies, University of Birmingham (September 2011).
  • “Perspective, Scale, and Everything: Victorian All in All.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Montréal (November 2010).


  • Associate Editor, New Literary History, Virginia, 1996-
  • Series Editor, Victorian Literature and Culture, Virginia, 1989-


  • College Fellow (Virginia) 2018-2020
  • International Senior Research Fellow (Durham University), 2017
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow (Queen Mary University of London), 2017
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences,   2011-
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2011-2012
  • Fellow, Teaching and Technology Initiative (Virginia), 2008-2009
  • Margaret Bundy Scott Visiting Professor (Williams College), 2006
  • Donald J. Gray Prize (North American Victorian Studies Association), 2004
  • National Humanities Center Fellow, 2000-2001
  • Shannon Center for Advanced Studies (University of Virginia) 1986-1988, 1997
  • MLA-ACLS Fellow, 1982-1983
  • Whiting Fellow, 1976-1977
  • Danforth Fellow, 1973-1977