Associate Professor

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On leave Spring 2018

(Ph.D., University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor with research and teaching interests in American literature, modern poetry and poetics, modernism and the visual arts, women writers, cultural and gender studies, and digital humanities. She is the author of Professing Sincerity: Modern Lyric Poetry, Commercial Culture, and the Crisis in Reading (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and is currently completing a book titled Imaginary Museums: Surrealism, Modern Poetry, and the Visual Arts, 1920-1970, for which she received a Summer NEH Fellowship (2003) and a Willson Center Fellowship. She is also collecting her essays on poet Elizabeth Bishop in a book provisionally titled Experimental Bishop. With Nell Andrew in Art History, she co-directs the Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop, a Willson Center Research Cluster.  With Suzanne Churchill (Davidson College) and Linda Kinnahan (Duquesne University) she is developing a work of Digital Humanities scholarship, Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde, supported by a 2017 NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant. The project involves students, staff, and faculty at the three institutions, as well as an advisory board comprised of modernist DH specialists and Mina Loy scholars.

Recent essays include: "Brides Stripped Bare: Surrealism, The Large Glass, and U.S. Women's Imaginary Museums" (Dada/Surrealism 21, 2017); “American Women Poets and Experiment” (Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry, 2016); "Surrealist Influence on the American Poetry Scene 1920-1960" (Oxford Handbook to Twentieth-Century American Poetry); "Mixed Feelings: John Ashbery, Raymond Roussel, Marcel Duchamp, and the Animation of Cliche" (Genre); "Reading Joe Brainard & John Ashbery's The Vermont Notebook in the Tradition of Surrealist Collaboration" (New York School Collaborations: The Color of Vowels); "An Interview with Eileen Myles" (Verse); "Elizabeth Bishop and the Natural World" (Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop); "Modernism: The Next Generation" (Blackwell Companion to Modern Poetry); and brief articles on confessional poetry and on the history of cliches (Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics). Earlier publications include essays on Anna Laetitia Barbauld (Studies in Romanticism), Elizabeth Bishop (Journal of Modern LiteratureReading the Middle Generation Anew), Frank O'Hara (New Work on New York School Poets), and Mina Loy and Alice Notley (HOW2). 

Recent graduate seminars include "Modernism in the U.S.," "Museums, Modernism, Memory," "American Poetry and the Everyday," "American Women Poets and Experiment," and "Elizabeth Bishop: New Perspectives."

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