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Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profile

Margaret Ronda
Assistant Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 019
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7935

Office Hours: W 2:30-4pm

Professor Ronda specializes in American poetry of the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Particular areas of interest include Marxist criticism, aesthetic and genre theory, ecological literary modes, and avant-garde poetics. She is currently writing a book entitled Remainders: Poetry at Nature’s End,  which examines how modern poetry serves as a distinctive site for charting uneven development and for archiving obsolescent forms of experience. This book studies the ethos of preservation, salvage, waste, and residual persistence that emerges in twentieth-century poetry as a deliberate contrast to emergent media forms and dominant productive relations. Professor Ronda’s work has been published or is forthcoming in PMLA, Genre: Discourse and Culture, English Language Notes, Post45: Contemporaries, and in the edited volumes Created Unequal: Class and the Making of American Literature and Prismatic Ecologies: Ecotheory Beyond Green.

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, University of California-Berkeley
BA, Beloit College
Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature; Poetry and Poetics; Literature and the Environment; Genre Theory; Aesthetic Theory
Other Publications
  • “‘Work and Wait Unwearying’: Dunbar’s Georgics.”
    PMLA. (Forthcoming)
  • “Georgic Disenchantment in American Poetry.”
    Genre: Discourse and Culture. (Forthcoming)
  • “Agency without Subjects.”
    English Language Notes. Summer 2012.
  • “The Poetics of Debt: Poetry in Great-Recession-Era America.”
    Created Unequal: Class and the Making of American Literature. Ed. Andrew Lawson. Routledge Press, 2013. (Forthcoming)
  • “Red Ecology.”
    Co-authored with Tobias Menely. Prismatic Ecologies: Ecotheory Beyond Green. Ed. Jeffrey Cohen. University of Minnesota Press, 2013. (Forthcoming)
Awards and Distinctions
  • American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellowship, 2010-12
  • Roberta C. Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poetry, UC Berkeley, 2009-10
  • Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship, 2008-09
  • Phi Beta Kappa Fellowship, 2008-09
  • Eisner Prize in Poetry, 2007, 2004
  • Joel Fineman Prize for Best Graduate Student Essay, UC Berkeley, 2004
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