Harris Feinsod Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies

At Northwestern since 2011, Harris Feinsod (A.B., Brown, Ph.D., Stanford) teaches 20th- and 21st-century literature and culture of the US, Latin America, and the Atlantic world. His research focuses on comparative poetics and the history of poetry written in English and Spanish, modernism and the historical avant-gardes in Europe and the Americas, transnational literary studies (especially hemispheric literary and cultural relations), oceanic studies, and the multiethnic and postmodern cultures of the US “new west.” He has been a Geballe Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2010-11), a Mellon Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center (summer, 2012), and the Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center (2015-2016). His essays appear in American Literary History, American Quarterly, ARCADE, Centro, Chicago ReviewIowa Review, Telos, and the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4th edn., 2012), for which he served as assistant editor.

His first book, The Poetry of the Americas from Good Neighbors to Countercultures (Oxford UP, forthcoming 2017), provides a literary history of the relations between poets in the US and Latin America in an era of cultural diplomacy, from the Good Neighbor Policy of World War II through the cultural dimensions of the Cold War into the early 1970s. Reading works by Adán, Bishop, Blackburn, Borges, Burgos, Cardenal, Carrera Andrade, Ginsberg, Hughes, Lezama Lima, Neruda, Olson, Paz, Stevens, Williams and many others, The Poetry of the Americas tracks the coevolution of poetic culture and state-sponsored inter-Americanism. Recuperating hemispheric literary journals, anthologies, and revising prevalent views on translation and period styles, the book demonstrates how hemispheric imaginings informed several generations of diverse mid-twentieth century poets in oppositional avant-garde formations as well as state-sponsored diplomatic institutions.

Feinsod is also at work on a second book on maritime modernism’s global imaginary in the age of the steamship, drawing on poetry, narrative fiction, visual art, and labor history in the circumatlantic world from 1900-1945.

From 2012-2015, Feinsod directed Northwestern’s Comparative Modernisms workshop with Rebecca Johnson and Alejandra Uslenghi. He serves as associate director of the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium and graduate cluster along with Susannah Gottlieb. With John Alba Cutler, he directs Open Door Archive, a digital repository and exhibition space for modern poetry. In addition to core appointments in the Department of English and the Program in Comparative Literary Studies, he is an affiliate of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Global Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies cluster (GAMS).


  • The Poetry of the Americas from Good Neighbors to Countercultures (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017). Modernist Literature and Culture Series.

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