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Talia M. Vestri Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Talia Vestri is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College. Her research and teaching focus on British Romanticism, poetry and fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, and the history of kinship and the family.

Her current book project, We are Many: Sibling Kinship in British Romanticism, explores the literary depiction of brothers and sisters across Romantic writing (1789-1830). In particular, she argues that the Romantics imagined fictional siblings as inter-dependent networks with shared affects, bodies, and minds. Exploring sibling kinship as a mode of collective subjectivity, her work challenges the myths of solitude and autonomy that have long shaped scholarly definitions of the revolutionary Romantic period.

Professor Vestri is also at work on a second project on material culture, women writers, and queer communities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her essay "Wordsworth's Sibling Logic: 'We are Seven' and 'Tintern Abbey'" appears in European Romantic Review, and her public-facing writing can be found on The Keats Letters Project and the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Blog.

Professor Vestri earned her Ph.D. in English from Boston University and her A.B. in English from Vassar College. She has previously taught writing and literature courses at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts) and at Boston University.

  • At Vassar since 2019


Departments and Programs


  • ENGL/WMST 383. Sibling Theory
  • ENGL/WMST 218. Madwomen in the Attic
  • ENGL 222. Love, Labor & Loss: Romance and Gender in Early British Literature
  • ENGL 170. Romantic Selves
  • ENGL 101. Monstrous Bodies