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Faith Barrett

Associate Professor of English
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

628 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.5165


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
M.F.A., Poetry, University of Iowa, 1993
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
B.A., Comparative Literature, Swarthmore College, 1987

My research has included two projects focused on American Civil War Poetry: To Fight Aloud Is Very Brave American Poetry and the Civil War (University of Massachusetts, 2012) and Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry, coedited with Cristanne Miller (University of Massachusetts, 2005). I am currently working on a second book project that focuses on voice-effects-including irony, parody, and dialogue-in the work of a group of amateur and professional American poets of the mid-nineteenth century.

Books and Articles

"Emily Dickinson, Slavery, and the Civil War." Forthcoming in 2013 in Emily Dickinson in Context (Cambridge University Press). Ed. Eliza Richards.

"Poetry Fights the American Civil War." Forthcoming in 2013 in the Cambridge History of American Poetry. Eds. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt.

"To Fight Aloud Is Very Brave": American Poetry and the Civil War. My first book examines how poets define their allegiances to the nation in the Civil War era. In analyzing a cross-section of literary and popular poets as well as unpublished soldier-poets, I examine these writers' conflicting responses to poetry's political aims, demonstrating that poetry plays a vital role in helping to define new versions of American identity. University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

"Lincoln and Poetry." Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln. Shirley Samuels, ed. London: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 22-39.

"'Drums off the Phantom Battlements': Dickinson's War Poems in Discursive Context." Emily Dickinson Companion. Mary Loeffelholz and Martha Nell Smith, eds. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 107-132.

"'They answered him aloud': Popular Voice and Nationalist Discourse in Melville's Battle-Pieces." Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 9 (2007): 35-49.

Review essay: "Public Selves and Private Spheres: Studies of Emily Dickinson and the Civil War, 1984-2007." Emily Dickinson Journal 16.1 (2007): 92-104.

"Words for the Hour": A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry. An anthology co-edited with Cristanne Miller for which I wrote the introductory essay. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005.

"Addresses to a Divided Nation: Images of War in Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman." Arizona Quarterly 61.4 (Winter 2005): 67-99.

"Inclusion and Exclusion: Fictions of Self and Nation in Whitman and Dickinson." Emily Dickinson Journal 5.2 (1996): 240-46.

Honors and Awards

Maine Women Writer's Collection travel grant, University of New England, August 2014.

American Antiquarian Society fellowship, Worcester, MA, May 2014.

National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, part of the "We the People" initiative, January-February 2007.

American Antiquarian Society fellowship, Worcester, MA, September 2006.

Young Teacher Award, an award for excellence in teaching given to one junior faculty member each year. Lawrence University, Spring 2006.

W. M. Keck and Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, April-May 2003.

Fulbright scholarship to West Germany, 1987-88.


My teaching fields include American poetry of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, American Civil War culture, nineteenth-century American studies, early American literature, and creative writing/poetry.