Becoming Acton Bell

Date: Friday, 22 July 2022
Time: 9.00 am – 10.00 am
Chair: Christine Alexander
Speaker(s): Beverly Taylor

BEVERLY TAYLOR, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina––Chapel Hill, is a leading scholar on Elizabeth Barrett Browning. One of four co-editors of the five-volume scholarly edition of Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pickering and Chatto, 2010). She has co-edited a paperback edition of selected works by EBB and is now supervising the work of eight graduate students in editing a volume of EBB’s juvenilia for the Juvenilia Press. While this work on EBB has immersed her in studying the women poets of the Victorian period, she has also established a small footing in Brontë studies, publishing on Charlotte’s fiction and contributing to the A Companion to the Brontës (Blackwell, 2016), ed. Diane Long Hoeveler and Deborah Denenholz Morse, and the Oxford Companion to the Brontës (2003), ed. Christine Alexander and Margaret Smith, et al. She is slated to annotate the poems of Anne Brontë for a forthcoming Cambridge University Press edition of all works by the Brontë sisters.