Virginia Jackson is the UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric, Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton. Her book “Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading” (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005) won the 2005 Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book and the 2006 Christian Gauss Award, Phi Beta Kappa. She is the editor of “On Periodization: Selected Papers from the English Institute” (ACLS Humanities E-Book, 2010) and, with Yopie Prins, “The Lyric Theory Reader” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014). Her book “Before Modernism: The Invention of American Poetry” is forthcoming from Princeton UP. She is a founding member of the Historical Poetics working group and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for 2011–2012.