Kristin Grogan
Assistant Professor of English
Gender & Sexuality, Poetry & Poetics, Twentieth Century & Contemporary

Labor studies, Marxism, anarchism, queer studies, gender and sexuality

Kristin Grogan’s research focuses on poetry and poetics, modernism, and American literature. She is currently completing her first book, The Labor Myth: American Poetry and the Idea of Work, which theorizes the self-fashioned labor of the poet in relation to the history of working conditions and ideologies of work in the modernist period. Grounded in historical research, labor theory, and close textual readings, The Labor Myth argues that poetry by Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, and Lorine Niedecker reimagines four myths about our working lives: that work makes us good, free, useful, and happy.

Professor Grogan’s essays have appeared in American Literature, Critical Quarterly, Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, and several essay collections. She is in the early stages of a new project on anarchist women and state opposition. She has additional interests in lesbian writing and the history of queer poetry and community.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Professor Grogan studied for her BA and MA at the University of New South Wales. She completed her DPhil at Oxford in 2018.

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“Langston Hughes and the Exemplary Blues Poem.” Critical Quarterly, Special Issue on Historical Poetics, eds. Sean Pryor and Ben Etherington. Vol. 61, no. 1 (May 2019): 54-66.

“Langston Hughes’s Constructivist Poetics.” American Literature. Vol. 90, no. 3 (September 2018): 585-612.

“Niedecker’s Gift: The Poetics of Work in ‘For Paul and Other Poems.’” Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory. Vol. 28, no. 3 (August 2017): 255-274.

 “Money on My Mind: Gertrude Stein’s Meditations.” Dibur. Vol. 5: Special Issue on Poetic Currency, ed. Adriana X. Jacobs (Spring 2018): 7-19.

“Three Ways of Looking at a Canto: Navigating Canto 108.” Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary. Vol. 10: Astern in the Dinghy: Special Issue on Ezra Pound’s Thrones, ed. Alexander Howard, (2018): 329-354.

Book Chapters

“Poetry.” Understanding Marx, Understanding Modernism, ed. Mark Steven, London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2020.

“Stein’s Immaterial Labors.” Modernist Work: Modernity, Labor, and the Work of Art, eds. John Attridge and Helen Rydstrand, London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

“Pound’s Lynxes: On Canto 79.” Readings in The Cantos, ed. Richard Parker, Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, forthcoming 2020.

“Ezra Pound and the Anarchist Economics of Silvio Gesell.” A Companion to Ezra Pound’s Economics, eds. Roxana Preda and Ralf Lüfter, Bautz, 2018.

“Listening to the Late Cantos.” Sounding Modernism: Rhythm, Acoustics, and Sonic Mediation in Literature and Film. Eds. Helen Groth, Penelope Hone, and Julian Murphet, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

DPhil Oxford, 2018