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Harris Feinsod

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies; Director of Graduate Studies in the Comparative Literary Studies Program

Ph.D., Stanford


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), maritime cultural history, and multiethnic US literature. 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 academic and popular essays appear in journals such as American Literary History, American Quarterly, Centro, Iowa Review, Modernism/modernity, n+1, and the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition (2012), for which he served as assistant editor.

His first book, The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures (Oxford, 2017), offers a detailed history of relations among poets in the US and Latin America, spanning three decades from the Good Neighbor diplomacy of World War II through the Cold War cultural policies of the late 1960s. It reveals how dozens of writers imagined a poetry that linked multiple cultures, even as it reflected the inequities of the inter-American political system. Feinsod is also the co-translator (with Rachel Galvin), of Oliverio Girondo’s Decals: Complete Early Poems (Open Letter, 2018; Translator’s Introduction excerpted at Lithub ), and he is now at work on a book entitled “Into Steam: The Global Imaginaries of Maritime Modernism.” Assembling a worldwide account of transoceanic and dockside poetry, narrative fiction, visual art, and radical history from 1890-1960, “Into Steam” charts modernist world literature as viewed from its industrializing seaways.

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).


Modern, Poetry & Poetics, Literary Theory, American: 20th Century, Latina & Latino Literature


Articles in Journals


  • Review of A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, by Angela Jackson, The Chicago Review 64.2 (forthcoming, 2019)
  • Review of Surveying the Avant-Garde: Questions on Modernism, Art, and the Americas in Transatlantic Magazines by Lori Cole, The ALH Online Review Series XVII (Dec 4, 2018)
  • Has Don Rafael Spoken?” Commentary on Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas by Tom McEnaney, Syndicate Lit (June 26, 2018)
  • Sub-Sub-Underground-Anti-Connoisseurship: Adrift with Allan Sekula,” n+1 online (Aug 4, 2017)
  • C.D. Wright’s Apology,” Iowa Review 46.2 (Fall 2016): 193-198
  • The Era of Inter-American Cultural Diplomacy,” American Quarterly 66.4 (December, 2014): 1129-1141
  • 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 

Occasional Essays & Interviews


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