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  • Kristin Grogan
  • Assistant Professor of English
  • At Rutgers Since: 2019
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  • kristin.grogan@rutgers.edu
  • Office: Murray Hall, Room 007, College Ave Campus
  • Primary Areas of Specialization: Poetry and poetics, modernism, American literature
  • Field of Interest: Poetry & Poetics, Twentieth Century
  • About:

    My research focuses on poetry and poetics, modernism, and American literature; I'm also interested in Marxism and in gender and sexuality. At Rutgers I teach courses on twentieth-century poetry and on queer literature. I'm currently finishing my first book, Stitch, Unstitch: Poetry, Modernism, and the World of Work, which examines the relationship between poetry and labor in the first half of the twentieth century. I'm interested in how certain poets (Pound, Hughes, Stein, Niedecker) understood their artistic production in relation to the artisanal, mechanical, and domestic labors of others, and what this can tell us about the social role and value of poetry. 

    My essays have appeared in American Literature, Critical Quarterly, Post 45, Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, and in several essay collections. I've written about, among other things, the idea of the poetic 'image'; Marxism and modernist poetry; Langston Hughes among the Russian Constructivists; contemporary Georgics; blues poetry; and homemade books. With David B. Hobbs, I am the editor of a special cluster of Post 45 Contemporaries on the poet Bernadette Mayer: https://post45.org/sections/contemporaries-essays/bernadette-mayer/. I'm currently working on a new project on anarchist poetics, and I'm thinking more about the relationship between form and identity in post-war poetry. I have abiding interests in queer literature, especially in the modernist moment.

    Before coming to Rutgers I was a Junior Research Fellow at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. I took my DPhil at Oxford in 2018; before that, I studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where I'm originally from. 

  • Undergraduate Courses Taught:

    Modernist Poetry

    American Poetry Since 1945

    Queer Literature before Stonewall

    The New York School

    Queer Poetics

    The Great Depression

  • Graduate Courses Taught:

    American Literature and Working Life

  • Other Publications:

    Articles

    “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.

  • Education: DPhil Oxford, 2018