The Continuity of American Poetry (A Roundtable)

Virginia Jackson

University of California, Irvine

Virginia Jackson is the UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric, Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, at the University of California, Irvine.  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.

Radiclani Clytus

Columbia University

Radiclani Clytus is a nineteenth-century literary historian and documentary filmmaker. He has published articles and essays on circum-Atlantic visual culture and black vernacular music, with a particular focus on the expressive methodologies of late jazz. He is the director of Jason Moran: Looks of a Lot (2014) and the editor of two compilations of prose works by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa: Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries (2000) and Condition Red (2017). His forthcoming book, Graphic Slavery: American Abolitionism and the Primacy of the Visual (NYU Press), examines the ocular-centric roots of American anti-slavery rhetoric.   

Meredith McGill

Rutgers University

Meredith McGill is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, where she teaches American literature, book history and media history, and transatlantic approaches to the study of nineteenth-century literature and culture.  She is the author of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-53 (UPenn, 2003; 2007), and editor of The Traffic in Poems: Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Transatlantic Exchange (Rutgers University Press, 2008).  She is completing a book on the rise of mass print as an event in the history of poetry, focusing on poetry published in the United States between 1820 and 1860. 

Benjamin Friedlander

University of Maine

Benjamin Friedlander is Professor of English at the University of Maine, where he teaches American Literature and Poetics and edits the scholarly journal Paideuma. His books of poetry include One Hundred Etudes (Edge Books, 2012) and Citizen Cain (Salt Press, 2011). He is also the author of Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism (University of Alabama Press, 2004) and the editor of collections of poetry and prose by Larry Eigner, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley. He is presently at work on a book on Emily Dickinson and the Civil War, portions of which have appeared in Poetics Today and PMLA.

Erin Kappeler

Missouri State University

Bio: Erin Kappeler is Assistant Professor of English at Missouri State University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century American literature and culture. Her work has appeared in Modernism/modernity, the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry, and the forthcoming collection Critical Rhythm. Her current book project, Shaping Free Verse: American Prosody and Poetics 1880-1920, reveals the secret history of free verse poetry. Previous accounts of the form have emphasized the discontinuities between nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry, but this project shows that nineteenth-century ideas about racial and national identity were crucial to the growth of free verse. 


The Continuity of American Poetry (A Roundtable):  Virginia Jackson, UCI, panel chair; Radiclani Clytus, Columbia U; Ben Friedlander, U of Maine; Erin Kappeler, Missouri State U; Meredith McGill, Rutgers.Nineteenth-century... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Virginia Jackson (University of California, Irvine)
  2. Radiclani Clytus (Columbia University)
  3. Meredith McGill (Rutgers University)
  4. Benjamin Friedlander (University of Maine)
  5. Erin Kappeler (Missouri State University)

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