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Lisa Goldfarb

(212) 998-7325
1 Wash Pl, Room 604

Office Hours
Tuesday (10-11:30 by appt), (2:30-3 by appt)
Thursday (2:30-3 by appt)

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 “Reading Poetry,” “Wallace Stevens and the 20th Century,” “Elizabeth Bishop: Form, Sight, and Sound,” “Modern Poetry and the Actual World,” and “The Music of Poetry and the Poetry of Music.” She is a recipient of Gallatin’s Adviser of Distinction Award and NYU’s Great Teacher Award. Her books, The Figure Concealed: Wallace Stevens, Music, and Valéryan Echoes (Sussex, 2011) and Unexpected Affinities: Modern American Poetry and Symbolist Poetics (Sussex, 2018) focus on the relationship between modern American and French poetry and poetics. In addition to her many journal articles on modern poetry, she is co-editor of three books, Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism (with Bart Eeckhout, Routledge 2012), Poetry and Poetics after Wallace Stevens (with Bart Eeckhout, Bloomsbury, 2017), and Wallace Stevens Poetry and France: ‘Au pays de la métaphore’ (with Juliette Utard and Bart Eeckhout, Éditions Rue d’Ulm ENS, 2018). 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.

Grants & Fellowships


Faculty Fellowship

Lisa Goldfarb was awarded a 2020 NYU Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship to support her current book project, Proustian Poetics and the Modern Lyric.

Edited Volumes


Lisa Goldfarb and Bart Eeckhout's Poetry and Poetics after Wallace Stevens

Poetry and Poetics after Wallace Stevens, edited by Lisa Goldfarb and Bart Eeckhout, was published by Bloomsbury.



Lisa Goldfarb's The Figure Concealed: Wallace Stevens, Music, and Valéryan

Lisa Goldfarb's The Figure Concealed: Wallace Stevens, Music, and Valéryan Echoes was published by Sussex Academic Press.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Recent News


Goldfarb was awarded the NYU Center for the Humanities Research Fellowship for the academic year of 2020-2021.


Goldfarb co-authored the introduction, “Stevens into Music: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” and contributed the article “Stevens and Stravinsky: Shared Aspects of a Musical Poetics,” in the co-edited journal issue “Wallace Stevens into Music – The Wallace Stevens Journal,” with Bart Eeckhout (vol. 43, Issue 2, Fall, 2019).

Goldfarb contributed the chapter “Music of the Sea: Elizabeth Bishop and Symbolist Poetics” in Elizabeth Bishop and the Music of Literature, edited by Angus Cleghorn (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2019, pgs. 19-29).

Goldfarb contributed the selection, “Walking with Stevens,” in the chapter, “The Bogliasco Seminars II: Experimental Transformations,” of The Wallace Stevens Journal  (forthcoming, Spring 2020).

In the Spring special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal (Vol. 43, no. 1, Spring 2019), The Bogliasco Seminars: A Collective Reading of Neglected Poems, Professor Lisa Goldfarb contributed to all discussions and chapters, and introduced and moderated (with Tony Sharpe) discussions of “Lions in Sweden,” “Botanist on Alp (No. 1)” and “Botanist on Alp (No. 2)”.

Goldfarb, with Juliette Utard and Bart Eeckhout, co-edited Wallace Stevens in France: ‘Au pays de la métaphore’  (Éditions Rue d’Ulm, Presses del’École Normale Supérieur, 2018).

Goldfarb’s book, Unexpected Affinities: Modern American Poetry and Symbolist Poetics, was published in 2018 with Sussex Academic Press.

Goldfarb published a chapter entitled “Music” in the volume Wallace Stevens in Context
(Glen MacLeod, editor; Cambridge University Press, 2017).


Professor Goldfarb and co-convener Bart Eechout hosted the “Yours Sincerely, Wallace Stevens” Conference with the Wallace Stevens Society at the Research Department of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, where she presented the paper “Reading and Listening to Stevens’s Letters: ‘In the Delicatest Ear of the Mind,” on September 20, 2019. 

Goldfarb will co-edit two volumes of The Wallace Stevens Journal in which presentations will be collected (forthcoming, Fall, 2020, Spring, 2021).

Goldfarb conducted three poetry seminars titled, “Reading Elizabeth Bishop with Lisa Goldfarb,” at the 92nd St. Y in New York in April 2020.

Goldfarb will be a panelist at the Grolier Club in New York City to discuss the exhibit entitled Two American Poets: Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, in February 2019.

The 92 Street Y’s programs on poetry will include three once-a-week evening seminars in April 2019 entitled “Reading Wallace Stevens with Lisa Goldfarb” as part of their offerings on poetry.

Goldfarb has co-organized the second Wallace Stevens Seminar at the Liguria Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. She will present work at the gathering in June 2019.

Goldfarb delivered “‘The Phases of this Difference’: Jews, the Figure of the Rabbi, and Hebrew Texts in Wallace Stevens” in Stockholm, Sweden at a conference entitled “Wallace Stevens as World Literature” in May of 2018.

In June 2017, Goldfarb presented “Sky, Sea, and Shore: Bishop, Valéry, and Symbolist Poetics” at a conference on “Elizabeth Bishop in Paris.”


Lisa Goldfarb