Harris Feinsod

Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literary Studies

University Hall Room 222
Telephone: (847) 467-1762
Fax: (847) 467-1545


Harris Feinsod (A.B., Brown, Ph.D., Stanford) teaches 20th and 21st century US and Latin American literature and culture. His research focuses on comparative poetics and the history of poetry 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 inter-ethnic and postmodern cultures of the US "new west.” Formerly, he was Geballe Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2010-11), College Fellow at Northwestern (2011-12), and Mellon Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center (summer, 2012). His writing appears or is forthcoming in American Literary History, American QuarterlyArcade, Centro, Chicago ReviewTelos, and the 4th edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012), for which he served as an assistant editor.

His current book project, Fluent Mundo: Inter-American Poetry, is a literary history of the relations between poets in the U.S. and Latin America in an era of cultural diplomacy, from the intensification of the Good Neighbor Policy at the onset of World War II through the cultural dimensions of the Cold War in the 1960s. Reading poems and collections by Bishop, Burgos, Cardenal, Carrera Andrade, Ginsberg, Hughes, Lezama Lima, Neruda, Olson, Stevens, Williams and many others, Fluent Mundo tracks interchanges between state-sponsored inter-Americanism, academic verse culture and avant-garde poetics. Recuperating a tradition of hemispheric literary journals, and revising prevalent views on the ethics of translation and dominant period styles, the book demonstrates how the evolving imagination of hemispheric relations informed several generations of diverse mid-century poets in vanguard milieus and the halls of diplomatic officialdom.

Since 2012, he has organized Northwestern's Comparative Modernisms workshop together with Rebecca Johnson and Alejandra Uslenghi, and he is the associate director of the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium.

Current undergraduate courses:

ENGLISH 385 (co-listed with Humanities) - “Oceanic Studies: Literature, History, Environment” (Winter, 2015) 

ENGLISH 298 - “Modern Poetry & Poetics: Experiments in Reading"

ENGLISH 311 (co-listed with Comparative Literary Studies) - “Poetry in Public: The 1960s” (Spring, 2015)

ENGLISH 386 - “The New West in Literature and Film” (Spring, 2015)

Recent graduate courses:

ENGLISH 461 (co-listed with CLS) - "Modernist Poetics, Transnational Cultures" (Winter, 2014)   

Select publications

“Vehicular Networks and the Modernist Seaways: Crane, Lorca, Novo, Hughes,” American Literary History (forthcoming, 2015)

“Edwin Denby,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (forthcoming).

“Between Dissidence and Good Neighbor Diplomacy: Reading Julia de Burgos with the FBI,” Special Issue on the Julia de Burgos Centennial, CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 26.2 (2014)

The Era of Inter-American Cultural Diplomacy,” American Quarterly 66.4 (December, 2014).

Para-Library Science at the NYPL,” ARCADE: Literature, the Humanities and the World (3 March, 2014)

Untitled review essay of Collecting as Modernist Practice by Jeremy Braddock and Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity edited by Jed Rasula and Tim Conley. Chicago Review 58.1 (July, 2013): 135-139

Glosses and Conjectures on the Inaugural Poem” ARCADE: Literature, the Humanities and the World (28 Jan, 2013). 

“Clavis,” “Glossolalia,” “Hypogram,” “Matrix,” and “Sound Poetry,” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition, ed. Roland Greene (Princeton University Press, 2012).

The Tolson Exception: The Anthology in the 21st Century,” ARCADE: Literature, the Humanities and the World (9 Jan, 2012)

World Poetry Grindhouse,” ARCADE: Literature, the Humanities and the World (13 Oct, 2011) 

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February 9, 2015