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Hunter, Walt

Hunter, Walt

Assistant Professor

Office: 805 Strode
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Global Studies and World Literature

Ph.D. English Language and Literature, University of Virginia; A.B. English and American Literature and Language, Harvard College

Curriculum Vitae

My research and teaching are grounded in two fields: twentieth-century and contemporary poetry and critical global studies. My first book, Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization, is forthcoming from Fordham University Press in fall 2018. Forms of a World shows how the forms of contemporary poetry are forged through the transformations of globalization from 1970 to the present. I'm currently working on a second project, tentatively titled The Right to Poetry, which explores the following questions: What institutions shape the process of defining, performing, reading, and teaching poetry? How does the practice and teaching of poetry take on specific forms in global contexts of democratic crisis, rightlessness, migration, and expulsion? I’m also interested in theories of translation and in debates over world/global/anglophone literature. I'm the co-translator, with Lindsay Turner, of Frédéric Neyrat’s Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism (Fordham UP, 2017) and a practicing poet: I was the 2017 South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellow in Poetry and my poems have appeared in the Harvard Advocate, Boston Review, Prelude, and Oversound.

Selected Professional Works

Books (In Production or Under Contract)

"Ecstatic Call: The Making of the Global in Contemporary Poetry,” forthcoming from Fordham University Press

Frédéric Neyrat, Atopies (Éditions Nous, 2014). Co-translated with Lindsay Turner. Forthcoming from Fordham University Press.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

"Speculations: New Irish Poetry," Jacket2 commentaries (spring 2015):

“Claude McKay’s Constabulary Aesthetics: The Social Poetics of the Jamaican Dialect Poems,” Modern Philology 111 (February 2014)

“Poetry and Sociality in a Global Frame,” College Literature 41.4 (fall 2014)

“Lyric and its Discontents,” minnesota review 79 (review essay; fall 2012)

“Chiasmus,” “cross rhyme,” “monorhyme,” “tail rhyme,” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. (Princeton UP, 2012)

“Kathy Acker and the Ethics of Frivolity,” Studies in American Humor 3 (fall 2011)

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“For a Global Poetics,” ASAP/Journal 1.3 (forthcoming September 2016)

“Planetary Dejection: An Ode to Finance,” symploke (special cluster on “Materialisms”; forthcoming December 2016)

"A Global 'We': Lyric Poetry in a Time of Precarious Life," Cultural Critique (forthcoming)

"The No Prospect Poem: Lyric Finality in Prynne, Awoonor, and Trethewey," minnesota review (forthcoming fall 2015)

"Poetry After Language," ARCADE colloquy, co-edited with Marijeta Bozovic (forthcoming fall 2015)

“Amassing Harmonies” Essays in Criticism (forthcoming 2015)

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“Poetry and the Police,” Cultural Studies Association, Villanova, PA, 2-5 June, 2016

“Lyric Surplus, Social Death, Global Being” “Object Emotions: Polemics” Conference, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, 15-16 April, 2016

“For a Global Poetics,” American Comparative Literature Association, “Making It New(er): Amidst and Beyond the New Lyric Studies,” Cambridge, MA, 17-20 March, 2016

“The Breaking of the Day,” Modernist Studies Association, Boston, MA, 19-22 November, 2015

“Emotion Recollected in Precarity: Lost Worlds of the Lyric.” Plenary Talk, “Conditions of Precarity” Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT 11 April 2014

“The Greater Contemporary Lyric.” American Comparative Literature Association, New York, NY, 20-23 March 2014

“Lyric Persistence.” “Emergent Precarities” Symposium, California State University, Los Angeles, 21 February 2014

“Yeats and the Cry of the World.” Modernist Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA, 5-8 November 2014

“Precarious Commodities: Political Economy and the Contemporary Lyric Ode.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, 8-10 November 2013

“The Precarious World Lyric.” American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto, ON, 4-7 April 2013

“Real Cities: Claude McKay’s Lonely Planet.” “Moving Modernisms” Conference, Oxford University, 21 March 2012

“What Kambili Knew: Postcolonial Muddlement in James and Adichie.” “Transforming Henry James” Conference, Henry James Society, Rome, 8 July 2011


Artist Fellowship (Poetry), South Carolina Arts Commission (2017)

Poetry (Published)

“Distress Tolerance Handout 5,” Boston Review (24 April 2015):

Poetry (Forthcoming)

“No Trees,” Prelude (forthcoming 2016)

Reviews & Interviews

Review of Larissa Szporluk, Traffic with Macbeth, in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing 33.1 (winter 2013)

Review of Zach Savich, Annulments, in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing 32.1 (winter 2012)

Review of Brian Henry, Lessness, in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing 32.2 (summer 2012)

Review of Donald Revell, The Bitter Withy, in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing 31.2 (summer 2011)