Associate Professor

Mailing Address:
Department of English
Campus Box 175 
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1050 Ninth Street Park, Office 102
Denver, CO 80217


About Dr. Gillian Silverman:
Gillian Silverman is Associate Professor of English and affiliate faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Colorado Denver.  She is also a President’s Teaching Scholar.  She teaches courses in American literature and culture, critical theory, and gender studies.  She is currently at work on two book projects—one, a study of reading practices and their relation to the human sensorium; and the second, a book (co-written with Sarah Hagelin) about female antiheros in contemporary US television. 

Selected Publications:
“Touch” in Future Reading (Oxford University Press, 2020)
“Neurodiversity and the Revision of Book History” PMLA: Publication of the Modern Language Association 131.2: 307-323
“Shame TV: Antiaspirationalism in HBO’s Girls” (co-written with Sarah Hagelin) Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 43. 4: 877-904
“The Female Antihero and Police Power in FX's Justified” (co-written with Sarah Hagelin) Feminist Media Studies 17.5: 851-865
Bodies and Books: Reading and the Fantasy of Communion in Nineteenth-Century America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)
“‘The Best Circus in Town’: Embodied Theatrics in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates” American Literary History 21.4: 757-787
“‘The Polishing Attrition’: Reading, Writing, and Renunciation in the Work of Susan Warner” Studies in American Fiction 33.1: 3-28
“Sympathy and Its Vicissitudes.” American Studies 43.3: 5-28.
“Textual Sentimentalism: Incest and Authorship in Melville’s PierreAmerican Literature 74.2: 345-372. 


Areas of Expertise:
American literature and culture, History of the Book/History of Reading, Television Studies, Women's and Gender Studies

Courses Taught:
ENGL 1600: Telling Tales: Narrative in Literature and Film
UNHL 2755: First Year Honors and Leadership Seminar
ENGL 2600: Great Works in British and American Literature
ENGL 3001: Critical Writing
ENGL 3700: American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War
ENGL/WGST 4306/5306: Survey of Feminist Thought
ENGL/WGST 4308/5308: Contemporary Feminist Thought
ENGL 4230/5230: The American Novel
ENGL 4999: Senior Seminar: Literature and the Law
ENGL 5100: Literary Research and Writing
ENGL 5145: Literary and Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 5650: Graduate survey of American Literature to the Civil War
ENGL 6001: Critical Theory in Literature and Film
ENGL 6016: Major Authors: The American Sentimental Tradition