Full Professor of Literatures in English.
American Literature, War Poetry, The Modernists.
Favourite book: The Great Gatsby.
My research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature in a cultural and historical context. My Ph.D., a literary-historical analysis Poetry: A Magazine of Verse during the editorship of Karl Shapiro (1950-1955), resulted in various articles that reflect the importance of literary journals, on canon formation, and other issues of inclusion and exclusion. Various fellowships allowed me to finish Among the Nightmare Fighters: American Poets of World War II (University of South Carolina Press, 2011), which is a comprehensive portrait of a generation of war poets that is perceived to have been silent about World War II, but which was actually extraordinarily prolific. It tries to understand this paradox by drawing not only on their war poems, but also on their autobiographies, novels, memoirs, private letters, and unpublished drafts, culled from the poets’ archives. My current research projects zoom in on transatlantic cultural relations between Europe and the United States and on literature and visual culture in the postwar era.