Emeritus Profiles

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  • Richard Poirier
  • Position: Professor Emeritus of English At Rutgers
  • At Rutgers Since: 1963
  • Retired Since: 2002
  • Bio: 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: PhD, Harvard University MA, Yale University BA, Amherst College
  • Areas of Specialization: Critical and Literary Theory; Cultural Studies

Other Information of Interest

  • Richard Poirier, a Scholar of Literature, Dies at 83 by Bruce Weber, New York Times
  • Richard Poirier: A critic who made his mark from New England to New Jersey by Benjamin Ivry, NJ Voices guest blogger
  • College Hill Review Editor's Blog
  • In Honor of Richard Poirier College Hill Review
  • The Library of America by Myra Jehlen (Future Traditions Magazine, Issue 1)
  • LOOKING BACK: Rutgers in the 1970s - Richard Poirier (Future Traditions Magazine, Issue 1)
  • LOOKING BACK: Rutgers in the 1960s - Richard Poirier (Future Traditions Magazine, 2006-2007)
  • Tom Edwards by Richard Poirier
  • Barry V. Qualls: Teacher, Mentor Friend by Ernest G. Jacob (Future Traditions Magazine, 2006-2007)
  • Rutgers' Raritan Quarterly Celebrates 25 Years by Alice Roche Cody, Rutgers Focus (2007)
  • Ahead of Their Time by Amy Vames, Rutgers Focus (1999)