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 U.S. 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 U.S. "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 Quarterly, Arcade: Literature, Humanities and the World, Chicago Review, Telos, 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.
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)