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Hunter, Walt

Hunter, Walt

Assistant Professor

Office: 805 Strode
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Curriculum Vitae

Walt Hunter's current book project, "Ecstatic Call: The Global Lyric from Yeats to the Present," argues that modern and contemporary lyric poetry is a social form that makes visible processes of globalization. Attributing a global and material foundation to the aesthetics of poetry, the book recasts traditionally lyric devices and poetic designs in the context of the emergent vulnerabilities, divergent economic trends, and political divisions of modern global capitalism. Hunter's research and teaching focus more broadly on twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature; poetry and poetics; twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish poetry and fiction; world literature, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature; ethics and political philosophy; critical global studies; and translation theory.

Selected Professional Works

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)

"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)

“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

Poetry (Published)

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

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)