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Siobhan Phillips

Associate Professor of English (2011)

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East College Room 407


Phillips teaches American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, food studies, and creative writing. Her book, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. She has published essays, poetry, and fiction in publications including Harvard Review, Missouri Review, and PMLA.


  • B.A., Yale University, 1999
  • M.Phil., Oxford University, 2001
  • M.A., University of East Anglia, 2002
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2007

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

CRWR 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 222 Cookbooks: Craft and Culture
This course will consider the cookbook as a literary form and a cultural artifact. Focusing mostly on US texts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we will consider how they reflect issues of temporality, labor, and identity, among other questions. Readings may include work from Bracken, Chao, Jaffrey, Smart-Grosvenor, and Toklas, along with a range of historical and theoretical work from Federici, Shapiro, Tipton-Martin, and others.

ENGL 331 Letters And/As Literature
Letters give us an intimate view of writers' lives and relationships. But are letters literature, and if so, how do they relate to other fictive or nonfictive kinds of writing? This course examines the indefinite status of correspondence as a form and epistolarity as a concept. We will consider the related problems of privacy, materiality, temporality, and address, as we read work from the era of eighteenth-century conduct books to the era of twenty-first-century text messages. Authors may include Mary Wortley Montagu, Jane Austen, Harriet Jacobs, Henry James, and Chris Kraus.

ENGL 403 Meth/Models of Lit Schol
This class will prepare students for the senior thesis by exploring some central questions and useful methods in literary studies. We will focus on several texts from the year 1965, including Elizabeth Bishop's Questions of Travel and James Baldwin's Going to Meet the Man. Throughout, students will have the chance to experiment with and prepare for their own independent projects.