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Lisa Goldfarb

Lisa Goldfarb

Associate Professor
B.A. Literature, SUNY Purchase, 1976
M.Phil. Comparative Literature,, CUNY Graduate Center, 1985
Ph.D. Comparative Literature,, CUNY Graduate Center, 1991

Lisa Goldfarb's research and teaching interests are in the fields of comparative literature (French and English) and critical writing. She focuses on 19th- and 20th-century European and American literature, and is particularly interested in modern poetry and poetics, the relationship between music and poetry, philosophic questions in literature, as well as the literature and history of New York City. Her interdisciplinary seminars on related themes include "Belief and Skepticism", "Sound and Sense", "Reading Poetry", "Wallace Stevens and the 20th Century", "Modern Poetry and the Actual World", and “The Music of Poetry and the Poetry of Music”. Professor Goldfarb has taught a foreign study course in Nîmes (France) and has accompanied student travel and study groups to Cuba, Prague, Athens, and Ireland. She is a recipient of Gallatin's Adviser of Distinction Award and NYU's Great Teacher Award. Her book, The Figure Concealed: Wallace Stevens, Music, and Valéryan Echoes , focuses on the resonance of Paul Valéry’s musical poetics in the poetry and prose of Wallace Stevens. In addition to her many journal articles on modern poetry, she is co-editor, with Bart Eeckhout, of a volume of essays, Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism  (Routledge, 2012), which considers the impact of New York on the life and work of Wallace Stevens. Professor Goldfarb is president of the Wallace Stevens Society and associate editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal . Professor Goldfarb served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2014.


Professor Lisa Goldfarb edited (with Bart Eeckhout and Natalie Gerber) Helen Vendler’s Wallace Stevens, a special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal (Johns Hopkins University Press, Fall 2014). Professor Goldfarb co-wrote the introduction, “Fifteen Ways of Looking at Helen Vendler’s Wallace Stevens” and her essay, “My Invisible Teacher: Helen Vendler on Wallace Stevens” appears in the same issue.

Professor Goldfarb was chosen to be a visiting researcher at the Sorbonne (University of Paris, 4) over the course of this year (2014-2015), and will be a GRI faculty fellow at NYU’s Paris site for a period of time during the spring semester.

Professor Goldfarb is organizing with colleagues from the Sorbonne and University of Antwerp a Spring 2015 conference, “Wallace Stevens in France: An International Conference.” She will present a paper, “Thinking through the Senses: Stevens, Valéry, and Proust.”

Professor Goldfarb and Bart Eeckhout were editors of a special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal, entitled Wallace Stevens and W.H. Auden, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2013. Goldfarb contributed her article “‘An Unalterable Vibration’ or ‘An Altering Speech for Altering Things’: Stevens, Auden, and Symbolist Poetics” and co-wrote, with Bart Eeckhout, the introduction, “Stevens and Auden: Disparities and Affinities” to the special issue. She and Bart Eeckhout co-chaired and moderated a session on “Helen Vendler’s Wallace Stevens” at the 2014 MLA convention in January.

Professor Goldfarb’s essay “‘Thinking-Intuitive Types:’ Poetic Affinities in W.H. Auden and Paul Valéry’” was accepted for publication as a chapter for Auden at Work, a volume of essays edited by Bonnie Costello and Rachel Galvin (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2015). She co-organized the May 2014 international conference at the University of Antwerp, “Poetry after Wallace Stevens,” and will deliver the paper, “‘The Huge High Harmony:” Wallace Stevens’ Musical Legacy.’”  


Contact Information

Lisa Goldfarb

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 407
(212) 998-9152
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Office Hours
Monday Sabbatical
Tuesday Sabbatical
Wednesday Sabbatical
Thursday Sabbatical
Friday Sabbatical


2014 Spring

Reading Poetry
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2013 Fall

The Music of Poetry and the Poetry of Music
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2012 Fall

Modern Poetry and the Actual World
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2011 Fall

The Music of Poetry and the Poetry of Music
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2010 Fall

Modern Poetry and the Actual World
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

19th- and 20th-century European and American poetry and fiction; music and literature; questions of belief in literature; expository writing

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