Alan Golding

Alan Golding

English Courses Recently Taught:

ENGL 319: American Literature 1830-1860 (spring 2010)
ENGL 105: Honors Composition (spring 2010)
ENGL 382-02: Contemporary American Poetry (fall 2009)
ENGL 654: Experimental Poetics and / as Pedagogy (fall 2009)
ENGL 322 - 01: American Literature from 1960 to the Present (Spring, 2009)
ENGL 552 - 02: Poetry and Politics in the Twentieth Century (Spring, 2009)
ENGL 105 - 04: Advanced Composition for Freshmen - WC (Fall, 2008)
ENGL 311 - 01: American Literature I (Fall, 2008)
ENGL 311 - 01: American Literature I (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 665 - 75: Contemporary Poetry (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 321 - 01: American Literature from 1910 to 1960 (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 402 - 02: Honors Seminar--History and Theory of the (Poetic) Avant-Garde (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 312 - 01: American Literature II (Spring, 2006)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 1980, University of Chicago

Teaching Areas

  • Teaching interests include American poetry, modern and contemporary American literature, history and theory of the avant-garde, poetry and politics.

Research Interests

  • Current book projects:
  • (1)"Isn't the avant-garde always pedagogical": Experimental Poetics and/as Pedagogy;
  • (2) Writing Into the Future: From THE DIAL to the Digital (selected essays on the history and reception of experimental American poetics).

Professional Activities

  • Co-editor, Iowa Series on Contemporary North American Poetry (U of Iowa P).
  • Editorial boards of Contemporary Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature
  • Advisory board of the U of Alabama Press series on Modern and Contemporary Poetics.


From Outlaw to Classic: Canons in American Poetry (U of Wisconsin P,
1995; reprinted 1998).

Articles and Book Chapters
“From Pound to Olson: The Avant-Gardist as Pedagogue.” Ezra Pound and Education, ed. Michael Coyle and Steven Yao. (National Poetry Foundation, forthcoming 2008).

“The Dial, The Little Review, and the Dialogics of Modernism.”Little Magazines and Modernism: New Approaches. Ed. Suzanne Churchill and Adam McKible. (Ashgate Press, 2007). 65-81.

“Language Writing, Digital Poetics, and Transitional Materialities.” In New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories. Ed. Adalaide Morris and Thomas Swiss (MIT Press, 2006). 249-84.

“‘Isn’t the avant-garde always pedagogical’: Experimental Poetics and/as Pedagogy.” In Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary. Ed. Juliana Spahr and Joan Retallack. (Palgrave / St. Martin’s, 2006.)

"American Poet-teachers and the Academy," in A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Stephen Fredman. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. 55-74.

"'What about all this writing?': Williams and Alternative Poetics," Textual Practice 18.2 (2004): 65-82.

"Authority, Marginality, England, and Ireland in the Work of Susan Howe." In Something We Have That They Don't: British and American Poetic Relations Since 1925. Ed. Steve Clark and Mark Ford. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2004. 168-81.

"Recent American Poetry Anthologies and the Idea of the 'Mainstream.' In Poetry and Contemporary Culture: The Question of Value. Ed. Jonathan Allison and Andrew Roberts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2002. 123-40.

"'Drawings with Words': Susan Howe's Visual Poetics." In "We Who 'Love To Be Astonished'": Experimental Feminist Poetics and Performance Art. Ed. Laura Hinton and Cynthia Hogue. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2001. 152-64.