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Elisabeth Strayer

Elisabeth Strayer

Educational Background

Cornell University, MA
Bowdoin College, BA


Elisabeth Strayer’s writing, research, and teaching focuses on the environmental humanities. In April 2021, she defended her dissertation, Victorian Microcosms: Environmental Formalism in the Novel, which argues that formal structures within the Victorian novel serve as techniques of enclosing – and thus rendering representable – large-scale climatic systems. These structures make legible an increasingly capacious vision of the environment in Victorian culture, a crucial context for tracing the history of anthropogenic climate change.

Her scholarship has appeared in New Global Studies and Environmental History, as well as on the V21 Collective’s website.


  • Literatures in English


  • Victorian Literature
  • Modernism
  • Visual Culture
  • Literature and Photography
  • Ecocriticism
  • Urban Narratives


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