Ph.D. Graduate Center, City University of New York, 1976
Victorian Literature and Culture, including art, literature, music, economics, and
fashion; modern poetry, particularly by women.
Also affiliated with: Art Department and the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory
Adrienne Munich comes from Michigan, attending the University of Michigan for two
years, then Brandeis University where she received a B. A. in comparative literature.
Committed to teaching, she received an MAT degree from Yale University, taught at
University of Kentucky before deciding to pursue a doctorate in Victorian literature.
She teaches courses on Victorian sensational novels—about murderesses, vampires, and
addicts, as well as more soothing Victorian topics, such as economics and literature.
She writes books and articles about Victorian literature and culture, such as
Andromeda’s Chains, a book about ways that artists and poets interpreted a Greek myth about a chained,
naked princess and
Queen Victoria’s Secrets, about how Queen Victoria became a cultural icon in an age of empire but of reduced
monarchical power. Teaching courses and lecturing about fashion and consumer culture,
she organized a Stony Brook conference about fashion and film and edited a book about
the topic. Recent book topics include American modern poet, Amy Lowell, and articles
about movies, early radio, and diamonds. She is writing a book on cultural meanings
of diamonds. She co-edits the Cambridge University Press quarterly journal,
Victorian Literature and Culture.