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Mary Loeffelholz

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Professor Emeritus of English

Mary Loeffelholz is Professor of English at Northeastern University. Her leadership in academic and faculty affairs includes five years as Chair of Northeastern’s English department (2001-2006) and eight years as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2008-2016), during which she led the university’s efforts to develop innovative ways to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers and to enhance the careers of full-time, nontenured-track faculty members. From April 2016-January 2021 she served as dean of Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies.

Professor Loeffelholz is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and of four books, including The Value of Emily Dickinson, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, and From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry, published by Princeton University Press in 2004. She is the co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Emily Dickinson (2008) and was the editor (from 2006 to 2019) of Volume D, 1914-1945, of The Norton Anthology of American Literature.

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  • 1999 Research and Scholarship Development Fund grant, Northeastern University
  • 1993 Phi Kappa Phi, Northeastern University
  • 1993 Instructional Development Fund Grant, Northeastern University (with Professor
  • Laura Frader, History and Women’s Studies)
  • 1991 Junior Faculty Research Leave Grant, Northeastern University
  • 1988 Cited in List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students, University of Illinois
  • 1988 Humanities Released Time Research Grant, University of Illinois
  • 1984-85 University Fellow, Yale University
  • 1983-84 Margaret and Mary Moody Fellow, Yale University
  • 1982-83 Chauncey Brewster Tinker Fellow, Yale University
  • 1979 Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University


  • From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry. Princeton University Press, 2004.
  • Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900-1945. New York: Twayne/MacMillan, 1992.
  • Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
  • Chapter 3 reprinted as “Violence and the Other(s) of Identity: Dickinson and the Imaginary of Women’s Literary Tradition,” in Emily Dickinson: Critical Assessments, Vol. 4, 1980s-1990s, ed. Graham Clarke. Sussex, UK: Helm Information Ltd., 2003.
  • Excerpt from Chapter 3 reprinted in Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader, ed. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007.

Edited Volumes

  • With Martha Nell Smith, A Companion to Emily Dickinson. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
  • The Norton Anthology of American Literature, volume D, “Between the Wars.” New York: W. W. Norton, 7th ed., 2007. 8th edition, 2011.


  • Networking Dickinson: Some Thought Experiments in Digital Humanities,” The Emily Dickinson Journal 23.1 (Spring 2014): 106-119. Special issue on Networking Dickinson
  • “Bohemian Meters: Whitman, and Edmund Clarence Stedman,” in Joanna Levin and Edward Whitely, eds., Whitman Among the Bohemians (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014): 213-30.
  • “Other Voices, Other Verses: Cultures of American Poetry at Midcentury,” in The Cambridge History of American Poetry,” ed. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014): 282-305.
  • “U.S. Literary Contemporaries: Dickinson’s Moderns,” in Emily Dickinson in Context, ed. Eliza Richards (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013): 129-38.

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