Jessica Feldman

Professor Emerita


19th C British, 20th C British, Modernism, Visual Studies


  • Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley, 1976
  • M.A. U.C. Berkeley, 1973
  • B.A. Stanford University, 1971



  • "Ruskin's Minerals." Field Notes vol 1, issue 4, Winter 2006. 12-15.
  • “‘A Talent for the Disagreeable’: Elizabeth Stoddard Writes The Morgesons.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 58: 2, September 2003, 202-229.
  • "Modernism's Victorian Bric-a-brac," Modernism/Modernity, Fall, 2001.
  • "A Shelter of the Mind: Henry, William, and the Domestic Scene" in The Cambridge Companion to William James, ed. Ruth Anna Putnam, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Book Chapters

  • "A Shelter of the Mind:  Henry, William, and the Domestic Scene", The Cambridge Companion to Modern Philosophers: William James.  Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • "The Dandy," in Gay Histories and Cultures II 2nd ed.George E. Haggerty, ed. Garland Publishing, 1998. (encyclopedia entry)


  • Peter Read, Picasso & Apollinaire: The Persistence of Memory, Modernism/Modernity (forthcoming)
  • Vineta Colby , Vernon Lee: A Literary Biography. English Literature in Transition, 47.2 , Spring, 2004
  • Kari Weil, Androgyny and the Denial of Difference Modern Philology 93:1, August, 1995, 194-201
  • Ann L. Ardis, Modernism and Cultural Conflict, 1880-1922, Nineteenth-Century Literature,  58.3, January 2004

Papers and Talks

  • Invited talk:  “Ruskin’s Minerals,”  Bard College, 2005
  • “Stein Remembers Ruskin” 2004 Modernist Studies Convention
  • “House of Cards,@ English Department Colloquium, 2002
  • Organized Panel Discussion, "A Victorian Modernism," Modern Studies Association, Rice University, October 2001
  • "Roadside Saints: Ruskin, Cather, and the Modern Studies Association," Rice University, October 2001
  • "Hanging-Together: Ruskin's Philosophy of Affect," Modern Studies Association Conference, University of Pennsylvania, October 2000
  • "Francesca's Cabinet: Ruskin's Tender Disciplines," Comparative  Literature Association, Yale University, 2000.       
  • "Augusta Evans Wilson's Decadent Art," Modern Studies Association Conference, Penn. State, 1999
  • "Ruskin's Victorian Modernism," Invited Expert; Modern Studies
     Association Conference, Penn. State, 1999
  • "Sentimental Rossetti," Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, 1998
  • "Lotus-eating in a Cage:  Elizabeth Stoddard among the Genteel Poets," 19th-century American Women Writers Conference, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1996
  • "Bringing the War Home:  Willa Cather and Modernism," Narrative Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1992
  • "Telling a Life"  Psychology Dept. Women's Caucus 1997                            
  • "William James at the Fin-de-Siècle," Faculty Lecture, April, 1996                                          
  • "Excellent Women:  Some Oxford Writers," "Essential Oxford" Program, Trinity College, Oxford, August 1994
  • "Alison Booth's Famous Last Words," Faculty Book Series Panel, 1994
  • "Does Literary Value Supersede Other Values?", English Department Faculty Colloquium, 1993
  • "Virginia Woolf and World War I," talk and discussion, Center for the Study of Liberal Arts, Secondary School Teachers Program, 1993

Fellowships and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa Book Award, Beta Chapter, 1994, for Gender on the Divide: The Dandy in Modernist Literature
  • Sesquicentennial Faculty Associateship, Center for Advanced Studies, 1994-1995; Spring, 2002
  • Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation Award 1994 (funds to English Department)
  • Lilly Teaching Fellowship, 1993-1994
  • University of Virginia Summer Research Fellowships, 1993, 1995, 1996
  • University of California Regents Fellowship, 1975-1976
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1970