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 Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Colorado Denver.  She teaches courses in American literature and culture, critical theory, and gender studies.  She is the co-director of Feminism & Company: Art, Sex, Politics at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.  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:
Bodies and Books: Reading and the Fantasy of Communion in Nineteenth-Century America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)
“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, forthcoming
“The Female Antihero and Police Power in FX's Justified” (co-written with Sarah Hagelin) Feminist Media Studies 17.5: 851-865
“‘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, Critical Theory, 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/WGST 3400: Introduction to Women’s Studies
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