Eric Keenaghan

Associate Professor & Affiliate Faculty with Women’s Studies

Ph.D. Temple University

Poetry Studies, Modernist Studies, Political Theory, Queer and Gender Theory

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Eric Keenaghan has focused his research on the queer redefinition of politics, individualism, and eroticism in modernist and cold war poetries of the United States, Cuba, and Spain. He is the author of Queering Cold War Poetry: Ethics of Vulnerability in Cuba and the United States (The Ohio State University Press, 2009). His articles, poetics essays, and book reviews have appeared in JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, jacket2, Journal of Modern Literaturemodernism/modernity, Contemporary Literature, The Translator, Translation Studies, Wallace Stevens Journal, Barzakh, GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and postmodern culture. He has written entries on "gay poetry" and "queer poetry" for the newest edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edition (Princeton UP, 2012); and he is contributing essays on LGBTQ poetry and poetics to two forthcoming volumes, The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (Cambridge UP, forthcoming November 2014) and The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian American Literature (Cambridge UP, projected 2015). In addition, he is a contributing author to several collections of critical essays, including: Ronald Johnson: Life and Works (National Poetry Foundation, 2008); Queer Exoticism (Cambridge Scholars, 2010); The Other Emerson (Minnesota, 2010); [RE:]Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His own poetry has appeared in little magazines and e-zines such as jacket2, EOAGH, BarzakhTool: A Magazine, Io Donna (Italy), The Ixnay Reader, and The Portable Boog Reader, as well as In/Filtration: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Innovative Poetics (Station Hill of Barrytown, forthcoming Fall 2013).

Currently, Professor Keenaghan is writing a new critical book titled Life, Love, and War: Anarchism and Twentieth-Century American Poetry. This new project explores the archives of three unaligned Leftist American poets and poet-activists—Muriel Rukeyser, Kenneth Patchen, and Robert Duncan—to examine how they developed new poetic forms and conceptual vocabularies between 1936 and 1975 (the Spanish Civil War through Vietnam) to test the boundary between literature and politics. Their experimentation with form and subject matter, in many often-forgotten and out-of-print or unpublished texts, can contribute to our own shifting ideas about individualism and collectivism, as well as about art’s social role and political life. Professor Keenaghan is exploring similar ideas in his own in-progress creative work, including two collections of poetry (Love Letters to My Husband and Palace Songs). In addition, he is writing an ongoing project called Études, an uncollected series of meditative poetics essays, some including embedded poems, on the experience of "reading" the work of unrelated figures who variously affect him and influence his own ideas about the intersections and disjunctions of art and political life.

Professor Keenaghan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on modernist poetry and fiction, cold war and contemporary poetry, literature of the Left and new social movements, queer and gender studies, political philosophy, and literary theory.

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