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Maureen N. McLane

Professor of English

Ph.D., 1997 (English), University of Chicago;
B.A. 1991 (English), Hertford College, Oxford;
B.A. 1989 (American History and Literature), Harvard

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street, Room 613 New York, NY 10003

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 2:15pm - 3:30pm and by appointment


212-998-7597 (email preferred for assured contact)



Areas of Research/Interest: 

British romanticism; English and Scottish literature and culture, 1750-1830; twentieth-century and contemporary North American poetry; modernism; postmodernism; media studies; Anglophone poetries/poetics; human sciences and literature

External Affiliations:

Modern Language Association; North American Society for the Study of Romanticism; American Studies Association; National Book Critics Circle (Board of Directors, 2007-2010)


Maureen N. McLane was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. A poet and critic, she is the author of three books of poetry—This Blue (FSG, 2014), World Enough (FSG, 2010), and Same Life (FSG, 2008)—as well as My Poets (FSG, 2012), an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. Her scholarship has focused on British romanticism and longer histories of poetries in English: she is the author of Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2008, 2011) and Romanticism and the Human Sciences (CUP, 2000, 2006). She also co-edited The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry (2008), and has published essays on Malthus, political economy, balladry, the invention of oral tradition, and romanticism: or, now. Her research and teaching focus on British literature and culture, 1750-1830, and more broadly on the intersection of poetry, "literature," and modernity: special areas of interest include romanticism, modernism, balladry (British and American), mediality, 20th- and 21st-century poetries in English, the human sciences, historiography, and the case of Scotland. A contributing editor at Boston Review and Poetry Editor of Grey, her articles on poetry, fiction, teaching, and sexuality have appeared widely, in (e.g.) The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Review, The Washington Post, American Poet, and on the Poetry Foundation website. In 2003 she won the National Book Critics Circle's Balakian Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing; she served on the Board of Directors of the NBCC, 2007-2010. Before coming to NYU, she taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, MIT, and the East Harlem Poetry Project. She thinks print is not dead, nor poetry, nor the human—though regarding what the latter two might be, she remains agnostic.


Nominee, National Book Award in Poetry, for This Blue, 2014; Finalist, 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, for My Poets; Golden Dozen Award, NYU College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, 2012; Elected, Board of Directors, National Book Critics Circle, 2007-2010; NBCC Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing; Fellow, Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall (Paris); Fellow, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, Bogliasco, Italy; Fellow, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center; Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 1999-2004; Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh; Harper-Schmidt Post-Doctoral Fellow in the College and the Department of English, University of Chicago; Mellon Fellowship; Rhodes Scholarship, 1989-1991

This Blue: poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014)

My Poets (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012);

World Enough: poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010);

Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2008);

The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry, co-edited with James Chandler (Cambridge University Press, 2008);

Same Life: poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008);

Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species (Cambridge University Press, 2000, 2006)

Updated on 01/18/2017