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About Alan Golding

Alan Golding is Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of the annual Literature and Culture Conference at the University of Louisville, where he teaches American literature and twentieth- and twenty-first century poetry and poetics.  He is the author of From Outlaw to Classic: Canons in American Poetry (Wisconsin, 1995), which won a CHOICE Best Academic Book Award, and of numerous essays on modernist and contemporary poetry.  His current projects include Writing the New Into History: American Poetries from The Dial to the Digital, under contract with the University of Alabama Press, and “Isn’t the Avant-Garde Always Pedagogical,” a book on experimental poetics and / as pedagogy.  His work on this latter topic has appeared in Modernism/Modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, Chicago Review, Talisman, and Shofar, and in a number of scholarly collections.  He serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, and the University of Alabama Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series. With Lynn Keller and Dee Morris, he also co-edits the University of Iowa Press Contemporary North American Poetry Series.


1996 - Present Professor, University of Louisville Department of English
1990 - 1996 Associate Professor, University of Louisville Department of English
1987 - 1990 Assistant Professor, University of Louisville Department of English

Curriculum Vitae

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  • American Modernism and Collage (undergraduate and graduate)
  • The Modern American Long Poem
  • Recent/Postmodern American Poetry (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Modern American Poetry (undergraduate and graduate)
  • American Literature I and II (to the Civil War and since the Civil War)
  • American Literature to 1830; 1830-1865; 1910-1960; 1960-present
  • American Literature Since 1960: (1) Hybrid Texts; (2) “Schools” and “Movements” in American Poetry (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Twentieth-Century American Women Poets
  • Major Figures in American Literature: (1) Bradstreet, Dickinson, Rich; (2) Dickinson, Rich, Howe
  • Feminist Avant-Garde Poetics (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Experimental Poetics and / as Pedagogy (graduate)
  • American Poetry and Politics in the Twentieth Century
  • History and Theory of the Avant-Garde (honors)
  • The Serial Poem (graduate)
  • Contemporary American Poetry and Early American Texts
  • What It Means to be Avant-Garde: Literature, The Arts and Experimental Education at Black Mountain College (honors)
  • First-year, honors and advanced composition


1975 - 1980 Ph. D., University of Chicago ‐ Honors
1974 - 1975 M. A., University of Chicago ‐ Honors
1971 - 1974 B. A., University of Exeter

Contact Information

Dept. of English           
Univ. of Louisville         
Louisville, KY 40292    


Books (1)

Articles/book chapters (31)