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 (Sussex Academic Press, 2011), 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. She served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2014.
Teaching and Research Interests
19th- and 20th-century European and American poetry and fiction; music and literature; questions of belief in literature; expository writing
B.A. Literature, SUNY Purchase, 1976 M.Phil. Comparative Literature,, CUNY Graduate Center, 1985 Ph.D. Comparative Literature,, CUNY Graduate Center, 1991
Professor Lisa Goldfarb will participate in a roundtable discussion at the American Literature Association entitled “Teaching Wallace Stevens,” which will be held in San Francisco, California, in May 2016.
Poetry and Poetics after Wallace Stevens, a volume which Professor Goldfarb co-edited with Bart Eeckhout, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in November 2016.
Along with Bart Eeckhout and Natalie Gerber, Professor Lisa Goldfarb edited Helen Vendler’s Wallace Stevens, a special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal (Johns Hopkins University Press, 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’s essay “‘Thinking-Intuitive Types:’ Poetic Affinities in W.H. Auden and Paul Valéry’” was published in Auden at Work (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), a volume of essays edited by Bonnie Costello and Rachel Galvin.
Professor Goldfarb, along with Bart Eeckhout and Juliette Uttard, organized the spring 2015 conference, “Wallace Stevens in France: An International Conference.” At the conference, she presented her paper, “Thinking through the Senses: Stevens and Valéry, with Echoes of Proust.” Along with Bart Eeckhout, Professor Goldfarb co-chaired and moderated a session on “Helen Vendler’s Wallace Stevens” at the 2014 MLA convention in January 2014. She co-organized the May 2014 international conference at the University of Antwerp, “Poetry after Wallace Stevens,” and delivered the paper, “‘The Huge High Harmony:” Wallace Stevens’ Musical Legacy.’”
Professor Goldfarb was chosen to be a visiting researcher at the Sorbonne (University of Paris, 4) for 2014-2015, and was a GRI faculty fellow at NYU’s Paris site during the spring of 2015. In March 2014, she gave a guest lecture at the University of Antwerp, “Time and Memory in Stevens’ ‘Postcard from the Volcano’ and ‘A Dish of Peaches in Russia.’”