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Emeritus Profile
Richard Poirier

Richard Poirier
Professor Emeritus of English

At Rutgers since:  1963
Retired since:  2002
Professor Emeritus Richard Poirier is the author of Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other PerformancesThe Performing Self: Compositions and Decompositions in the Languages of Contemporary Life (1992), and Robert Frost: The Work of Knowing (1977). He was a Professor of Literature for Rutgers University and Chair of the English Department (1963). He was founder of the literary journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review, and the Library of America. But some agree that his most important contribution came in his criticism, which tried to convey why the act of reading is — and should be — so difficult. (1999),
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Yale University
BA, Amherst College

Critical and Literary Theory; Cultural Studies

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Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other Performances

The Performing Self: Compositions and Decompositions in the  Languages of Contemporary Life

Robert Frost: The Work of Knowing

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