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Curriculum Vitae: CHARLES F. ALTIERI



I. Biography


Born New York, New York, November 11, 1942.


Education: Regis High School 1956-1960

Le Moyne College 1960-1964, B.A.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,

1964-1968, Ph.D. 1969

Dissertation: "Yeats and the Literary Ballad Tradition."


Employment: Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina, 1965-1968.

Assistant Professor, SUNY/Buffalo, Department of

English, 1968-1974.

Associate Professor, SUNY/Buffalo, 1974-1975.

Associate Professor, University of Washington,

Department of English, Winter 1976-1977.

Professor, University of Washington,

Fall 1977-1992.

Macarthur Distinguished Visiting Professor, New

College of USF, 1982-1983

Professor, UC Berkeley, July 1992-

Chair, Department of Art Practice, 1996-99

Director of the Berkeley Consortium for the Arts, 1999-

Rachel Stageberg Anderson Chair, UC Berkeley, 2003-


II. Teaching


Graduate Courses in Nineteenth Century Thought, Victorian Literature,

Modern and Contemporary English and American Poetry, Modern and

Classical Literary Theory, Literature and the Visual Arts, and seminars on specific poets,

theoretical problems, and interdisciplinary period studies.


Undergraduate Courses in Great Books, modern and contemporary

literature, various courses in poetry and the visual arts, Shakespeare, Nineteenth and

Twentieth Century Intellectual Backgrounds to Literature, all periods of Anglo-American

Poetry from the Romantics to the present and topics like autobiography, the epic,

the lyric, and love poetry.


III. Awards:


Summer Fellowship, New York State, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975.

NEH Younger Humanist Fellowship, 1975.

Invited Fellow: Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo

Alto, 1980-1981.

Guggenheim Fellow, 1980-1981.

Co-Director NEH Summer Institute on Ethics and Aesthetics, 1993.

Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April, 2003)


Editorial Board, Boundary 2, 1971-81 MLQ, 1978-present; Poesis -- 1981-85;

American Poetry, 1987-1992; Contemporary Literature, 1992-present;

Advisory Board, PMLA, 1978-1982; Epoche, 1994-present;

Comparative Literature Studies, 1994-present.


General Appointments:

Executive Committee, MLA Division, Late Nineteenth and Early

Twentieth Century British Literature, 1978-1983.

Executive Committee, International Association for the

Study of Literature and Philosophy, 1982-1987.

Executive Committee MLA Division, Philosophy and Literature, 1987-91.

President of Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, 1988-89.

Executive Committee MLA Division, Poetry, 1994-98

Executive Council, MLA 2005-8


IV. Publications


A. Books:


Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Anglo-American Poetry.

Chicago: AHM Publishing Corp., Spring, 1979.

Enlarging the Temple: New Directions in American Poetry of the 1960's.

Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, Spring 1979.

Act and Quality: A Theory of Literary Meaning. Amherst: University of

Massachusetts Press, 1981.

Self and Sensibility in Contemporary American Poetry. New York:

Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry: The Contemporaneity

of Modernism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. Paperback:

Penn State Press, 1994.

Canons and Consequences. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1990.

Subjective Agency: A Theory of First-Person Expressivity and its Social Implications.

Oxford: Blackwells, 1994.

Postmodernism Now: Essays on Contemporaneity in the Arts. University Park:

Penn State University Press, 1998.

The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects. Ithaca: Cornell University

Press, 2003.

The Art of Modern American Poetry. Oxford. Blackwells, 2005.


B. Essays:


"Gary Snyder's Lyric Poetry: Dialectic as Ecology," The Far Point,

(no. 4 Spring-Summer 1970), 55-65.

"Poetry in a Prose World: Robert Lowell's Life Studies," Modern Poetry Studies, I (1970),

182-198; reprinted in a collection of essays by and about Lowell edited by Jerome

Mazzaro. Columbus, Ohio: Charles Merrill Publishing, pp. 19-31.

"Sartre's Literary Criticism: From Disinterested to Engaged Imagination," in The

Quest for Imagination, ed. O. B. Hardison. Cleveland: Western Reserve

Press, 1971. 167-189.

"The Unsure Egoist: Robert Creeley and the Theme of Nothingness,"

Contemporary Literature, 13 (1971), 162-185.

"Organicist and Humanist Models in the Bildungsroman," Journal of General

Education, 23 (Fall, 1971), 220-40.

"From Comic to Tragic Naming in Yeats's Mature Poetry," Modern Language Quarterly,

33 (1972), 145-171.

"Northrop Frye and the Problem of Spiritual Authority," PMLA, 87 (1972), 964-975.

"From Symbolist Thought to Immanence: The Logic of Post-Modernist

Poetics," Boundary 2, I (Spring 1973), 605-641. Reprinted in Peter Caravetta

and Paolo Spedicati, Postmoderni e Letteratura, Milan: Bompani, 1984,

pp. 123-60. And reprinted in Paul Bove, ed. Boundary 2: the Early Years.

"Poetry as Resurrection: John Logan's Structures of Metaphysical Solace,"

Modern Poetry Studies, 3 (1973), 193-224.

"The Significance of Frank O'Hara," The Iowa Review, 4 (Spring 1973), 90-105.

"Olson and the Poetic Tradition," Boundary 2, no. 4-5 (Winter-Spring 1974), 173-188.

"Ovid's Metamorphoses and Contemporary Fiction," Novel, 7 (1973), 31-40.

"Wordsworth's Wavering Balance: The Thematic Rhythm of the Prelude,"

The Wordsworth Circle, IV (1973), 226-40.

"The Poem as Act: A Way to Reconcile Presentational and Mimetic Theories,"

Iowa Review, 6 (1975), 103-124.

"Objective Image and Act of Mind in Modern Poetry," PMLA, 91 (1976), 101-114.

[Translated into Arabic: AL-Thakafa AL-Ajnabia (Foreign Culture no. 3, 1994).

"The Book of the World. Robert Duncan's Poetics of Presence," Sun and Moon,

no. 1 (Winter 1976), 66-94.

"Wordsworth's 'Preface' as Literary Theory," Criticism, 18 (1976), 122-146.

"Gary Snyder's Turtle Island: The Problem of Reconciling the Roles of Prophet and Seer,"

Boundary 2, 4 (1976), 761-777.

"Wittgenstein on Consciousness and Language: A Challenge to Derridean Theory,"

MLN, 91 (1976), 1397-1423. [Reprinted in Richard Allen and Malcolm Turvey, eds.

Wittgenstein, Theory, and the Arts. London: Routledge, 2001: 230-53.

"Steps of the Mind in T.S. Eliot's Poetry," in Twentieth Century Poetry, Fiction, Theory,

an issue of Bucknell Review, 22 (1976), no. 2, 180-207.

"The Qualities of Action: A Theory of Middles in Literature" Part I,

Boundary 2, 5 (1977), 323-350.

"The Qualities of Action," Part 2, Boundary 2, 5 (1977), 899-914.

"A Procedural Definition of Literature," in Paul Hernadi, ed. What is Literature.

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978, pp. 62-78.

"The Plight of Victorian Lyricism as Context of Modernism," Criticism, 20 (1978),


"Placing Creeley's Recent Work, The Poetics of Conjecture," Boundary 2, 6-7

(1978), 514-42.

"Against Indeterminancy: A Dissent from the New Orthodoxy," New Literary History,

10 (1978), 71-99.

"The Concept of Expressive Implicature: A Modification of Grice," Centrum,

6, no. 2 (Fall 1978), 90-103.

"John Ashbery and the Modern Long Poem: Motives in Metaphors," Genre, 11

(1978), 653-87.

"Presence and Reference in a Literary Text: The Example of Williams."

Critical Inquiry, 5 (1979), 489-510.

"The Propriety of Critical Acts," Society for Critical Exchange Bulletin, 1978,

with commentary and response, 1979.

"The Objectivist Tradition," Chicago Review, 30 no. 3 (Winter 1979), 5-22.

"Postmodernism: A Question of Definition," Par rapport, 11, 2 (1979), 87-100, 123-133.

"Culture and Scepticism: A Response to Michael Fisher," Critical Inquiry, 6 (1979),


"Some Uses of Frye's Literary Theory," The CEA Critic, 42, no. 2 (1980), 10-20.

This essay won the Robert Miller Memorial Prize for best essay in a CEA

publication, 1980.

"Rhetoricity in the Sonnet," Tennesse Studies in Language and Literature, 25

(1980), 1-23.

"From Experience to Discourse. American Poetry and Poetics in the 1970's,"

Contemporary Literature, 21 (1980), 191-224.

"Ecce Homo: Narcissism, Power, Pathos, and the Status of

Autobiographical Representations," Boundary 2, 9 and 10 (1981), 389-413.

"Sensibility, Rhetoric and Will: Some Tensions in Contemporary Poetry," Contemporary

Literature, 23 (1982), 451-479.

"Abstraction as Act: Modernist Poetry in Relation to Painting."

Dada/Surrealism, nos. 10-11 (1982), 106-34.

"Representativeness in 'Non-Representational' Art," Journal of Comparative

Literature and Aesthetics, V (1982), 1-23. Reprinted slightly revised in Mary

Ann Caws, ed. Perspectives on Perception: Philosophy, Art, and Literature.

New York: Peter Lang, 1989: 1-28.

"A Report to the Provinces: Reflections on the Fate of Reading Among

Behavioral Scientists," ADE Bulletin. (Reprinted in Profession, (1982), 27-31.)

"Going on and Going Nowhere: Wittgenstein and the Question of Criteria in

Literary Criticism," in William Cain, ed. Philosophical Approaches to

Literature. Lewisburg:Bucknell University Press, 1984, pp. 202-226.

"Criticism as the Situating of Performances: Or What Wallace Stevens Has to Tell

Us About Othello," in Vincent Kramer, ed. American Critics at Work:

Examinations of Contemporary Literary Theories. (Troy, NY: Whitson

Publishing, 1984, 265-95.

"The ADE and Institutional Politics: The Examples of Tenure and

Composition," ADE Bulletin, no. 74 (1983), 24-29.

"Reading for an Image of the Reader: A Response to Block,

Caraher, and Mykyta," Reader, no. 9 (1983), 38-44.

"Wallace Stevens' Metaphors for Metaphor: Poetry as Theory," American

Poetry 1 (1983), 27-48.

"The Idea and Ideal of a Canon," Critical Inquiry, 10 (1983), 37-60.

"Picasso's Collages and the Force of Cubism," Kenyon Review,

n.s. 6, (Spring 1984), 8-33.

"Plato and the Performative Sublime," New Literary History,16 (1985), 251-74.

"Reading as Self-Development: The Forging of Cultural Identities,"

ADE Bulletin, no. 78 (Summer 1984), 13-16.

"Surrealist 'Materialism'," Dada/Surrealism no. 13 (1984), 94-103.

"Why Stevens Must be Abstract," Albert Gelpi, ed., Wallace Stevens: The

Poetics of Modernism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985, 86 -118.

"What Modernism Offers the Contemporary Poet," Hank Lazer, ed.,

What is a Poet? (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1987), 31-55.

"Pound's Vorticism as a Renewal of Humanism," Boundary 2,12 and 13 (1984), 439-462.

"Modernist Abstraction and Pound's First Cantos: The Ethos for

a New Renaissance." Kenyon Review 7, no.4 (Fall 1985), 79-105.

"The Post-Modernism of David Antin's Tuning." College English 48,no 1

(Jan., 1986), 9 - 26.

"From Expressivist Aesthetics to Expressivist Ethics," in Anthony Cascardi, ed. Literature

and the Question of Philosophy. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987, 132-166.

"Style As the Man: What Wittgenstein Offers for Speculating on Expressive Activity."

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (1987), 177-92. Reprinted with some

revisions in Richard Shusterman, ed. Analytic Aesthetics. Oxford: Basil Blackwell,

1989, 59-84.

"John Ashbery and the Challenge of Postmodernism in the Visual Arts."

Critical Inquiry 14 (1988), 805-830. Translated by Kacper Bartczak into Polish for special Ashbery issue of Literatura na swiecie (number 7-8, 2006): 235-62.

"Ponderation in Cezanne and Williams." Poetics Today, 10 (1989): 373-400.

"Finnegans Wake as Modernist Historiography." Novel, 21 (1988), 238-50.

[This is Novel's twentieth anniversary issue.]

"Without Consequences is No Politics: A Response to Jerome McGann."

In Robert von Hallberg, ed. Politics and Poetic Value.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988, 301-308.

"Contemporary Philosophy and Modernist Writing: Or How to Take Seriously

the Unmaking of Empiricism." The CEA Critic, 50 (1987-88), 2-18.

"The Powers of Genuine Place: Moore's Feminist Modernism." Southern

Humanities Review, 22 (Summer, 1988), 205-24.

[Remarks on Robert Duncan]. American Poetry, 6 (Fall, 1988), 39-40.

"Jorie Graham and Ann Lauterbach: Towards a Contemporary Poetics of

Eloquence." Cream City Review, 12 (Summer, 1988), 45-72.

"Towards a Postmodern Theory of Justice: Or How Lyotard Helps Us to Read Rawls."

In Reed Way Dasenbrock, ed. Redrawing The Lines: Analytic

Philosophy, Deconstruction, and Literary Theory. Mineapolis: University

of Minnesota Press, 1989, 61-91.

"Wordsworth and The Options for Contemporary American Poetry." In

Gene Ruoff, ed., The Romantics and Us: Essays on Literature and Culture.

Newark: Rutgers University Press, 1990: 184-212.

"Wordsworth's Poetics of Eloquence: A Challenge to Contemporary Theory." In

Ken Johnston, et al eds., Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory.

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989, 371-407.

"Wittgenstein's "I": Towards a Psychology and Ethics of Expression."

Western Humanities Review 43 (Summer, 1989): 77-95.

"When the Self Became the Subject: A Review Essay on Paul Smith."

Southern Humanities Review 23 (Summer, 1989): 255-63.

"An Interview with Charles Altieri." By Sharon Bryan. River City, 9

(Spring 1989): 108-26.

"What is it Like to Read Batman as High Art?" Cream City Review, 14

(Spring, 1990): 29-33. Reprinted in Cream City Review 20th

Anniversary Anthology, 20 (1995-6): 218-22.

Essays on "Autonomy" and on "Modernism/Postmodernism" for the new edition of

the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Alex Preminger and

T.V.F. Brogan, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993: 112-14; 792-96.

Essay on "Hegel" for Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Criticism and Theory.

"Canons and Differences." In Vergil Nemoianu and Robert Royal, eds.

The Hospitable Canon: Essays on Literary Play, Scholarly Choice, and

Popular Pressures. London: Benjamins, 1990.

"`Preludes' as Prelude: In Defense of Eliot as Symboliste." In

Shyamal Bagchee, ed. T.S. Eliot A Voice Descanting: Centennary Essays.

London: Macmillan, 1990: 1-27.

"Confession and Simulacra in the Poetry of Irving Feldman." Bucknell Review (1992)

"The Powers and the Limits of Oppositional Postmodernism." American

Literary History, 2 (1990): 443-81.

"Life After Difference: The Positions of the Interpreted and the

Positionings of the interpreter." The Monist, 73 (1990): 269-95.

"Temporality and the Necessity for Dialectic: The Missing Dimension of

Contemporary Theory." New Literary History, 23 (1992): 133-58.

"Can Hemingway be Recanonized?" in Peter Baker, et al, The Scope of Words.

New York: Peter Lang, 1991: 309-24.

"The Responsibilities of Professing." Pacific Coast Philology, 25 (1990): 5-19.

"The Grammar of Persons and the Logic of Argument." Translated into

Italian, "La grammatica degli individui e la logico dell' argomento." "Gli Stili

Della Argomentazione," Quaderni della Fondazione San Carlo (1989, no 3): 63-81.

"Contemporary Poetry as Philosophy: Subjective Agency in John Ashbery

and C.K. Williams." Contemporary Literature, 33 (1992): 214-42.

"Stevens's Ideas of Feeling: Towards an Exponential Poetics."

Centennial Review, 36 (1992): 139-74.

"Ashbery as Love Poet." Verse, 8, no 1 (1991): 8-15. Reprinted in Susan Schultz,

ed., The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry. Tuscaloosa: University

of Alabama Press, 1995: 26-37.

"Can We Be Historical Ever: Some Hopes for a Dialectical Model of Historical

Self- consciousness." Modern Language Quarterly, 54 (1993): 41-54. Reprinted

in Marshall Brown, ed. The Uses of Literary History. Durham: Duke

University Press, 1996.

"Frank Stella and Jacques Derrida: Toward a Postmodern Ethics of Singularity." In

Peter Brunette and David Wills, eds., Deconstruction and the Visual Arts.

New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994: 168-87.

"Eliot's Impact on Twentieth-Century Anglo-American Poetry." In David Moody,

ed., The Cambridge Companion to T.S. Eliot. Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press, 1994: pp. 189-209.

"Intentionality Without Interiority: Wittgenstein and the Dynamics of Subjective

Agency." In Christie McDonald and Gary Wihl, eds., Transformations in

Personhood and Culture After Theory. University Park: Penn State Press,

1994, pp. 85-116.

"Style and Subjective Agency." In James McAllister, Ren‚ van de Vall, and Caroline

van Eck eds., Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press, 1995: pp. 201-19.

"Sighting Joseph Marioni," [Translated as "Betractungen uber Joseph Marioni"] in

Jochen Poetter, ed. Joseph Marioni: Private Icons. (Baden-Baden:

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 1995): 26-31; 32-36.

"Ann Lauterbach's 'Still' and Why Stevens Still Matters." The Wallace Stevens

Journal, 19 (1995): 219-233.

"Some Uses of Silence in Contemporary American Lyrics." In Kristiaan Versluys,

ed., The Insular Dream: Obsession and Resistance. Amsterdam: Vu

University Press, 1995: 350-8.

"Images of Form vs. Images of Content in Contemporary Asian-American Poetry." Qui Parle 9.1 (Fall/Winter 1995): 71-91

"The Values of Articulation: Aesthetics After the Aesthetic Ideology." In

Richard Eldridge, ed., Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination.

New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996: 66-89.

"What is at Stake in Confessional Criticism." In H. Aram Veeser, ed., Confessions of

the Critics. New York: Routledge, 1996: pp. 55-67.

"The Purloined Profession; Or How to Reidealize Reading for the Text." In

Wendell Harris, ed. Beyond Poststructuralism: The Experience of Reading and

the Speculations of Theory. University Park: Penn State University Press,

1996: 279-300.

"Some Problems about Agency in the Theories of Radical Poetics." Contemporary

Literature, 37 (1996): 207-36.

"What is Living and What is Dead in American Postmodernism: Establishing the

Contemporaneity of some American Poetry." Critical Inquiry 22 (Fall 1996): 764-89.

"Whose America is Our America: On Walter Michaels' Characterizations of Modernity

in America." Modernism/Modernity (Fall, 1996): 107-14.

"Images of Form vs Images of Content in Contemporary Asian-American Poetry."

Journal of American Studies [Korea] 28 (1996): 503-20. [A modified version of

this is printed in Qui Parle, 9 (Winter, 1995): 71-91.]

"Silencing Romantic Expressivism: Affirmation Without Assertion in Two Yeats

Lyrics." In Gudrun Grabher and Ulrike Jessner, eds., Semantics of Silences in

Linguistics and Literature. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag C. Winter, 1996): 223-38.

"Dickinson's Dialectic." The Emily Dickinson Journal, 5 (No. 2, 1996): 66-71.

"Towards a Hermeneutics Responsive to Rhetorical Theory." In Walter Jost and Michael

J. Hyde, eds., Rhetoric and Hermeneutics in Our Time. New Haven: Yale University

Press, 1997: 90-107.

"On the Sublime of Self-Disgust: Or How to Save the Sublime from Narcissistic

Sublimation." In James Soderholm, ed. Beauty and the Critic: Aesthetics in an

Age of Cultural Studies. Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 1997: 113-41.

"Response on Stein and Wittgenstein." Modernism/Modernity 5 (1998): 141-8.

"Poetics as Untruth: Revising Modern Claims for Literary Truth." New Literary History

29 (Spring 1998): 305-28.

"The Concept of Force as a Frame For Modernist Art and Literature." Boundary 2,

25 (Spring 1998): 191-232.

"Response to Arthur Danto." In Christina Gillis, ed. Anything Goes: The Work of Art

and the Historical Future. Berkeley: UC Berkeley Doreen P. Townsend Occasional

Papers, 1998: 17-23.

"The Concept of Force as Modernist Response to the Authority of Science."

Modernism/Modernity 5 (April 1998): 77-93.

"Contingency and Sociality in American Poetry of the Fifties." In Esther Giger and

Agnieska Salska, eds., Freedom and Form: Essays in Contemporary American

Poetry. Lodz; Wydawnictwo University Press, 1998: 27-35.

"Lyric Form and Lyric Force: Yeats and the Limits of the Expressivist Tradition."

In Pierre Lagayette, ed., Strategies of Difference in Modern Poetry: Case Studies

in Poetic Composition. Madison: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998: 24-42.

"What Differences Can Contemporary Poetry Make in Our Moral Thinking?" In

Jane Adamson, Richard Freadman, and David Parker, eds., Renegotiating Ethics

in Literature, Philosophy, and Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University

Press, 1998: 113-33.

"Lyrical Ethics and Literary Experience." Style 32 (1998): 272-97. Reprinted in Todd Davis and Kenneth Womack eds., Mapping the Ethical Turn. Charlottesville: University

of Virginia Press, 2001: 30-58.

"Spectacular Anti-spectacle: Ecstasy and Nationality in Whitman and his Heirs." John F.

Kennedy Institute Working Paper, no 111 (1998). Also printed in American

Literary History, 11 (Spring 1999): 34-62. Also printed in Roland Hagenbuchle and

Joseph Rabb, eds., Negotiations of America's National Identity. Tubingen:

Stauffenburg Verlag, 2000. Volume 2: 184-205.

"Lyn Hejinian and the Possibilities of Post-modernism in Poetry." In Jacqueline

Vaught Brogan and Cordelia Chavez Candelaria, eds. Woman Poets of the

Americas. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1999: 146-55.

"The Objectivist Tradition," and "The Transformations of Objectivism: An Afterword." In

Rachel DuPlessis and Peter Quartermain, eds. The Objectivist Nexus. Tuscaloosa:

University of Alabama Press, 1999: 25-36; 301-17.

"Practical Sense--Impractical Objects: Why Neo-Pragmatism Cannot Sustain an

Aesthetics." REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature.

Winfried Fluck et al, eds. Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1999: 113-36.

"Avant-garde or Arrie`re-garde in Recent American Poetry." Poetics Today, 20 (1999):


"Contingency as Compositional Principle in Fifties Poetics." In Terence Diggory and

Steven Paul Miller, eds. The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School

Poets. Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 2001, pp. 359-84.

"Affect and Intention in Robert Creeley's Poetry During the 1960's." Open Letter: A

Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory 11 (2001): 16-38.

"Beauty and Her Rivals." Crossroads: Journal of the Poetry Society of America

number 56 (2001): 7-10.

"Taking Lyrics Literally: Teaching Poetry in a Prose Culture." New Literary History 32

(2001): 259-82. Reprinted in Tanya Agathocleous and Ann C. Dean, eds. Teaching

Literature: A Companion.

'Intimacy and Experiment in Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's Poetry." In Laura Hinton and

Cynthia Hogue, eds., We Who Love to be Astonished: Experimental Women's Writing

And Performance Poetics. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002: 54-68.

"An Aspect of Prynne's Poetics: Autonomy as a Lyric Ideal." The Gig, 10 (December


"Critical Survivors—"The Expression of Feeling in Imagination" (1994) by Richard

Moran." Genre 33 (2000): 319-30.

"Statement." ArcCA [Architecture California], 2 (no.1, 2002): 20-1.

"The New Criticism." The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory.

Edited by Julian Wolfrey. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002: 436-44.

Reprinted in Wolfrey, ed, Modern North American Criticism

and Theory: A Critical Guide. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006: 4-11.

"Adorno on Beauty." Western Humanities Review, 56 (2002): 126-43.

"The Literary and the Ethical: Difference as Definition." In Elizabeth Beaumont Bissell,

ed., The Question of Literature: The place of the literary in Contemporary Theory.

Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002: 19-47.

"Creeley's Contemporaneity," Bridge, 2, no.1 (fall/winter 2002): 199-204.

"What is Human about the Humanities?" Soundings 74 (2001): 245-64.

"The Pound/Stevens Era." The Wallace Stevens Journal 26.2 (Fall 2002): 228-50.

"Cavell's Imperfect Perfectionism." Kenneth Dauber and Walter Jost, eds. Ordinary

Language Criticism: Literary Thinking After Cavell after Wittgenstein. Evanston:

Northwestern University Press, 2003: 199-230.

"The Local, the national, and the transnational: Poetics as Political Theory." Foreign

Languages and Translation [College of International Studies, University of South

Central China, Tiedao Campus]. 37 (2003): 49-58.

"Intentionality as Sensuality in Harmonium." The Wallace Stevens Journal 27 (2003):

163-72.    Revised for Rebound: The American Poetry Book. Edited by

Michael Hinds and Stephen Matterson. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004: 81-88

"Towards an Expressivist Theory of the Affects." Soundings 86 (Spring/Summer 2003):


"Some Problems with Being Contemporary: Aging Critics, Younger Poets, and the New

Century." Paideuma 32 (2003): 387-412.

"From Two Wordsworths to One Contemporary Poetics." Romantic Circles

<http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/poetics/>. This volume is edited by Lisa Steinman.

"Rhetoric and Poetics: How to Use The Inevitable Return of the Repressed." Walter Jost

and Wendy Olmstead, eds. A Companion to Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism.

Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004: 473-493.

"Polish Envy: American Poetry's Polonizing in the 1970'and 1980's." Metre

(Spring 2004): 80-96.

"On Difficulty in Contemporary American Poetry." Daedalus 133 (Fall 2004): 113-18.

"Theorizing Emotions in Eliot's Poetry and Poetics." Casandra Laity and Nancy Gish,

eds, Gender, Desire, and Sexuality, in T.S Eliot. Cambridge: Cambridge University

Press, 2004): 150-72.

"The Fate of the Imaginary in Modern American Poetry," American

Literary History. 17 (2005): 70-94.

"Autobiography and the Limits of Moral Criticism." a/b Autobiography

Studies 19 (2004): 156-175.

"Reading for Affect in the Lyric: From Contemporary to Modern." Joan

Retallack and Juliana Spahr, eds. Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge

Of the Contemporary. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006: 39-62.

"Tractatus Logico-Poeticus," Critical Inquiry, 33 (2007): 527-42.

"The Sensuous Dimension of Literary Experience: An Alternative to Materialist

Theory." New Literary History 38 (2007): 71-98

"The Pleasures of not Merely Circulating: Joshua Clover's Political Imagination." In Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell, eds. American Poets in the 21st Century. Middletown:

Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2007: 164-79.

"Stevens and the Crisis of European Philosophy." Soundings 89 (2006): 255-278.

"Wonder in The Winter's Tale: a cautionary account of epistemic criticism." In John

Gibson, Wolfgang Heumer, and Luca Pocci, eds., A Sense of the World: Essays on

Fiction, Narrative, and Knowledge. London: Routledge, 2007: 266-86.

"Modernist Realism and Lowell's Confessional Style." In Viorica Patea and Paul Scott

Derrrick, eds., Modernism Revisited: Transgressing Boundaries and Strategies of

Renewal in American Poetry. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2007.

"Why Appreciation Ought to be Revived as a Model for the Study of the Arts." Frame

(2007): 63-80.

"A Legacy of the Constructed Reader." In Modernism, ed. by Astradur Eysteinsson and

Vivian Leska. John Benjamins Publishing, 2007: 67-86.

"Barbara Guest and the Boys at the Cedar Bar: Some Painterly Uses of Language."

Chicago Review 53/4 and 54/1 (2008): 82-87.

"Stevens and the Crisis of European Philosophy." Wallace Stevens Across the Atlantic.

Bart Eckhout and Edward Ragg eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008: 61-78.

"Aesthetics." In Stephen Ross, ed. Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate.

London: Routledge, 2008.

"Why 'Angel Surrounded by Paysans' Concludes Auroras of Autumn." Wallace Stevens

Journal (Special issue, "Stephens and France") 32 (2008): 151-70.

"Style." In Richard Eldridge, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2009): 420-41.

"Why Modernist Claims for Autonomy Matter." Journal of Modern Literature 32,

number 3 (2009): 1-21. Reprinted with a different concluding section on T.S. Eliot in

Allen Dunn and Thomas F. Haddox eds., The Limits of Literary Historicism.

Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 2011: 145-170.

"What Does Echoes Echo?" In Stephen Fredman and Steve McCaffery, eds., Form,

Power, And Person in Robert Creeley's Life and Work. Iowa City: University of Iowa

Press: 2010.

"Exemplification and Expression." In Garry Hagberg and Walter Jost, eds. A

Companion to the Philosophy of Literature. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010:


"Assessment in Literary Education." In Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal,

eds. Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary. New York:

Teagle Foundation, 2011: 171-182.

"Visual Art. T.S. Eliot in Context. Jason Harding, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press, 2011: 105-13.

"Reading Bradley after Reading Laforgue: How Eliot transformed Symbolist Poetics

into a Paradigmatic Modernism." Modern Language Quarterly 72 (2011): 225-52.

"Where Can Aesthetics Go?" New Literary History 42 (2011): 81-85.

"The Poverty of Moral Theory in Literary Discourse: A Plea for Recognizing the Multiplicity of Value Frameworks." Soundings 94 (2011): 35-54.

"Cavell and Wittgenstein on Morality: The Limits of Acknowledgement." In Richard Eldridge and Bernard Rhie, eds. Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism. New York: Continuum, 2011: 62-77.

"The place of rhetoric in Contemporary American Poetics: Jennifer Moxley and Julianna

Spahr." Chicago Review. 56 (2/3, 2011): 127-45.

"Charles Altieri on Jami Bartlett, Jennifer Ashton, and John Gibson." . Nonsite. Number four (2).

[Nonsite is an online refereed journal—nonsite.org]

"Aspect-Seeing and Stevens' Ideal of Ordinary Experience." The Wallace

Stevens Journal. 36 (Spring 2012): 78-93.

"What Theory can Learn from New Directions in Contemporary American

Poetry." New Literary History. 43 (Winter 2012): 65-88.

"Afterword." American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions. New York: Columbia

University Press, 2012: 393-404.


Essays Forthcoming:


1) Cezanne and modern poetry.  Essay contributed to a large Oxford University press collection on modern poetry edited by CAry Nelson.

2) Painting and the Poetry of The New York School.  forthcoming in a collection edited by Jennifer Ashton from Oxford University press. 

 3) "Poetic Autonomy."  Forthcoming in a new edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetics.

 4)  Essay on the concept of Flourishing in Nietzsche, forthcoming in a collection by Donald Moores.

 5)   Guidebook introduction to T.S. Eliot.  In a Cambridge history of AMerican poetry edited by Stephen Burt and a guy at Texas A&M.

 6) Essay on problems in the criticism of modernist poetry, forthcoming an a collection edited by Thomas Sheehan.


C. Reviews


"Mantrap," The Humanist (July, 1971). [Review of The Sensuous Woman.]

"Michael Lane: Introduction to Structuralism," The Humanist, (Fall, 1972).

"Charles Olson, Maximus Poems," Washington Post Book News, approximately

Nov. 6, 1975.

"Harold Bloom, Ringers in the Tower and four other books on contemporary poetry,"

Criticism, 19 (1977), 350-361.

"David Perkins, History of Modern Poetry," Boundary 2, 6 (1978), 597-608.

"Frances Ferguson, Wordsworth: Language as Counter-Spirit," Philosophy

and Literature, 2 (Spring 1978), 131-133.

"Irving Massey, The Gaping Pig," Contemporary Literature, 30 (1978), 86-90.

"Marjorie Perloff, Frank O'Hara: Poet Among Painters," JEGP 77 (1978), 299-301.

"Donald Wesling, The Chances of Rhyme," JEGP 80 (1981), 431-35.

"Frank Lentricchia, After the New Criticism," Philosophy and Literature 6 (1982),

210- 211.

"Working Papers: Selected Essays and Reviews, by Hayden Carruth," The

American Book Review 5, no. 3 (March-April 1983), p. 7.

"John Foster, In the Wake of the Gods: Nietzsche in Modernist Literature,"

Criticism, 24 (1982): 192-197.

"Reach Without a Grasp," Diacritics 14, no. 4 (1984), 58-66.

[On Paul Fry, The Reach of Criticism: Method and Perception in Literary Theory,

Yale University Press, 1983.]

"On John Logan," The Ohio Review, No. 32 (1984):128-132.

"Alan Montefiore, ed. Philosophy in France Today," Canadian Journal of

Philosophy, 1985.

"Modern Art and the Mind's I/Eye," Michigan Quarterly Review 23, no. 4

(Fall 1984): 587-95. [On Ernst Gombrich and Wendy Steiner.]

"Anthony Easthope, Poetry as Discourse, Notes and Queries, 32 no.4, 565-66.

"Gerald Graff, Professing Literature: An Institutional History. ADE Bulletin,

no. 89 (Spring, 1988) 67-71.

"Rodolfe Gasche‚, The Tain of the Mirror." Comparative Literature Studies 26

(1989), 374-84.

"Professing the Pastoral," [Review of H. Daniel Peck, ed. The Green American

Tradition: Essays and Poems for Sherman Paul]. American Literary History I

(1989), 932-43.

"Review of Dante's Inferno, translated and illustrated by Tom Philips.

Poets, Painters, and Composers, 5 (1990), 18-21.

"Responsiveness to Lyric and the Critic's Responsibilities" [On Marjorie Perloff,

Poetic License: Essays on Modernist and Postmodernist Lyric].

Contemporary Literature 32 (1991): 580-7.

"Review of Jay Parini and Brett C Miller, ed., The Columbia History of

American Poetry." Journal of American History (Dec 1984): 1258-9.

"Review of Leonard Depeveen, The Modern Quoting Poem." American Literature

(Dec. 1994): 865.

"Review of Paul Crowther, vols 1 and 2 of Art and Embodiment." Journal of

Aesthetics and Art Criticism 53 (no. 1, 1995): 87-9.

"Review of Michael North, The Dialectic of Modernism, Modern Language Quarterly

"Review of Daniel Herwitz, Making Theory/Constructing Art: On the

Authority of the Avant-Garde. Modernism / Modernity 3 (1996): 170-71.

"Review of Christine Froula, Modernism's Body: Sex, Culture, and

Joyce. Comparative Literature Studies, 35 (1998): 85-9.

"Review of Hal Foster, The Return of the Real. Forthcoming in Journal of Aesthetics and

Art Criticism.

"Review of Michael Morton, The Critical Turn: Studies in Kant, Herder, Wittgenstein,

and Contemporary Theory. International Studies in Philosophy. 31, no 4 (1999):


"Review of Anthony Cascardi, Consequences of Enlightenment. Studies in Romanticism,

39 (2000): 476-80.

"Constructing Emotion in Deconstruction (Review of Rei Terada, Feeling in Theory).

Contemporary Literature, 43 (2002): 606-14.

"Review of Stathis Gourgouris, Does Literature Think: Literature As Theory for an

Antimythical Era. Comparative Literature Studies, 41 (2004): 436-40.

"Review of Alan Singer: Aesthetic Reason; Artworks and the Deliberative Ethos."

Soundings 88 (2005): 199-207).

"Ugly Feelings, Powerful Sensibilities." Review of Sianne Ngai, Ugly Feelings.

Contemporary Literature 47 (2006): 141-47.

Review of Jennifer Moxley, The Line. Chicago Review 53/4 and 54/1 (2008):


Review of Joan Richardson, A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling From Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein. Emerson Society Papers 19 (2008): 9-10.

"On Bathos." European Journal of English Studies. 15 (Dec. 2011): 281-82.