Realist Poetry at MLA 2014

About the Panelists

“Realist Poetry in the ‘Twilight’ Era” brings together panelists at different stages of their careers whose projects concern American literature at the turn of the century. Due to their varied specializations, they offer a dynamic consideration of the topic.

Nancy Glazener is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Reading for Realism: The History of a U.S. Literary Institution, 1850-1910 (Duke, 1997) and of recent articles in American Literary History, American Literature, and a number of recent literary histories and companions (including The Cambridge History of American Women’s Literature and The Cambridge History of the American Novel) about ethics, literature, print culture, and literary culture. Her manuscript, Literature in the Making: A History of U.S. Literary Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, will be published by Oxford University Press in the Studies in American Literary History series.

Elizabeth Renker is Professor of English at The Ohio State University. Author of The Origins of American Literature Studies: An Institutional History (Cambridge, 2007) and Strike Through the Mask: Herman Melville and the Scene of Writing (Johns Hopkins, 1996), her book-in-progress is Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1911.

Elissa Zellinger is a Visiting Instructor at High Point University. She recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a specialization in poetry, poetics, and nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture. Her project, “Lyrical Strains: 1820-1920” chronicles the simultaneous and interdependent consolidation of the modern lyric and the liberal self from 1820 to 1920 in the work of E. A. Robinson, Stephen Crane, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, among others. Her article “Edna St. Vincent Millay and the Poetess Tradition” appears in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 29.2 (December 2012).


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