ANDREW EPSTEIN, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Columbia University (2000), B.A. Haverford College, Pennsylvania (1992). Dr. Epstein is currently serving as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the FSU English Department. He specializes in post-1900 American literature, with particular emphasis on poetry and American literature and culture since 1945. His research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary poetry and poetics; issues in modernism and postmodernism; theories and practice of the avant-garde; literature and culture of the Cold War and the 1960s; theories and debates about everyday life and twentieth-century writing; and experimental fiction. He is also interested in the inter-relationship between literature and other art forms, especially the visual arts and music, and in the afterlife of nineteenth-century American writing (especially Ralph Waldo Emerson and pragmatist philosophy) in post-1900 literature and culture.
He is the author of Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry(Oxford University Press, 2006). He is currently working on the Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry Since 1945.
His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including Contemporary Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Wallace Stevens Journal, Jacket2, Journal of Modern Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, Modern Philology, Raritan, and many others, and he blogs about the New York School of poetry at Locus Solus.
- Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016).
- The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry Since 1945 (under contract, Cambridge University Press).
- Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Reviewed in American Literary History, American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literature, Poetry, South Atlantic Review, American Literary Scholarship, Zen Monster, Choice, Publishers Weekly, Poetry Project Newsletter, Beat Scene, and Rain Taxi.
Edited Journal Issue
- Special Issue Co-Editor, with Jonathan P. Eburne, "Poetry Games." Comparative Literature Studies 51:1 (2014).
- "Wallace Stevens and the Everyday." Wallace Stevens in Context, ed. Glen MacLeod (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2016).
- "The Oulipo, Language Poetry, and Proceduralism." The Cambridge History of Postmodern Literature. Ed. Brian McHale and Len Platt (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
- "Bernadette Mayer and the Poetics of the Maternal Everyday." New Perspectives on American Poetry: From Walt Whitman to the Present, ed. Jiri Flajsar (Palacky University Press, 2015): 143-166.
- "Street Musicians: Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery." The Cambridge Companion to American Poets. Ed. Mark Richardson (Cambridge University Press, 2015): 391-408.
- "Introduction: Poetry Games." With Jonathan P. Eburne. Comparative Literature Studies 51:1 (2014): 1-17.
- "'Uh, Philosophy': A.R. Ammons, Pragmatism, and 'The Philosophy Poem.'" The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought (April 2014).
- "Roberto Bolaño and the New York School of Poetry." OUPblog: Oxford University Press blog. (April 2014).
- "'I'll Be Your Mirror': Lou Reed and the New York School of Poetry." Poetry Foundation website (October 2013).
- "'The Volley Maintained Nears Orgasm': Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, and the Cross-Gender Collaboration." In Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry. Eds. Anne Dewey and Libbie Rifkin (University of Iowa Press, 2013), 170-190.
- "'The Rhapsody of Things as They Are': Stevens, Francis Ponge, and the Impossible Everyday." The Wallace Stevens Journal 36.1 (2012): 47-77.
- "'Building a Nest Out of Torn Up Letters': James Schuyler, Trash, and the Poetics of Collage." Jacket2 (2012).
- "Found Poetry, 'Uncreative Writing,' and the Art of Appropriation." The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. Eds. Joe Bray, Allison Gibbons, and Brian McHale (Routledge, 2012): 310-322.
- "'There is No Content Here, Only Dailiness': Poetry as Critique of Everyday Life in Ron Silliman's Ketjak." Contemporary Literature 51.4 (2011): 736-776.
- "'Pay More Attention': Silliman's BART and Contemporary 'Everyday Life Projects.'" Jacket 39 (2010).
- "Crisis, Possibility, and Pragmatism: Frank O'Hara's Early Journal and William James." Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics 5 (2006).
- "'Against the Speech of Friends': Amiri Baraka Sings the 'White Friend Blues.'" In Don't Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York Writing After the 'New York School.' Eds. Daniel Kane and Stephen Cope. (Dalkey Archive Press, 2006).
- "Auden and the New York School Poets." W. H. Auden Society Newsletter 22 (November 2001): 19-28.
- "'I Want To Be at Least as Alive as the Vulgar': Frank O'Hara's Poetry and the Cinema." In The Scene of My Selves: New Work on the New York School Poets, ed. Terence Diggory and Stephen Paul Miller (National Poetry Foundation, 2001): 93-121.
- "Frank O'Hara's Translation Game." Raritan 19.3 (Winter 2000): 144-161.
- "Verse vs. Verse" (feature article on Language poetry and the academy). Lingua Franca September 2000: 45-54.
- "'Flowers that Mock the Corse Beneath': Shelley's Adonais, Keats, and Poetic Influence." Keats-Shelley Journal 48 (1999): 90-128.
Selected Book Reviews and Other Publications
- "The Disruptive Power of Ordinary Things." Review of Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism, by Maurizia Boscagli. Journal of Modern Literature (forthcoming 2016).
- Review of Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry, by Srikanth Reddy. The Wallace Stevens Journal 39.1 (2015): 121-123.
- "'Here is Freshness and the Shore's Timeless Teeth': The Plays of Kenneth Koch." Review of The Banquet : The Complete Plays, Films, and Librettos, by Kenneth Koch (Coffee House Press, 2012). Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2013.
- Review of Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler, eds. Stephen Burt and Nick Halpern (University of Virginia Press). Modern Philology 110.3 (2013).
- On John Ashbery's "Street Musicians." Excerpt from Beautiful Enemies on Modern American Poetry Site.
- Review of A Natural History of Pragmatism, by Joan Richardson (Cambridge University Press). Henry James Review 30.1 (Winter 2009): 87-90.
- "Critiquing 'La Vie Quotidienne': Contemporary Approaches to the Everyday." Review of Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present, by Michael Sheringham (Oxford University Press). Contemporary Literature 49.3 (Fall 2008): 476-487.
- "'The Academy of the Future is Opening Its Doors': Women Poets and the New York School." Review of Women, The New York School, and Other True Abstractions, by Maggie Nelson (University of Iowa Press) Jacket 35 (2008).
- Review of Ashbery's Forms of Attention, by Andrew DuBois (U of Alabama Press). South Atlantic Review 72.4 (Fall 2007): 147-151.
- "'History Took Hold of My Throat.'" Review of The Afflicted Girls, by Nicole Cooley. Common-Place (July 2004).
- "Precision Poetry." Review of The Poems of Marianne Moore, in Newsday
(Nov. 2, 2003).
- "'Antimodern' in a Time of Upheaval: Rereading African-American Culture in the Sixties." Review of Mercy, Mercy Me: African-American Culture and the American Sixties, by James C. Hall, in Contemporary Literature (Fall 2003): 548-558.
- Review of The Cambridge Companion to Keats, ed. Susan J. Wolfson, in Keats-Shelley Journal 51 (2002): 205-7.
- "John Ashbery." Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, ed. Eric Haralson. (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001): 479-481.
- "Marianne Moore's 'Marriage.'" Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century: 24-26.
- University Undergraduate Teaching Award, Florida State University, 2014.
- University Graduate Teaching Award, 2008.
- Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, 1999-2000.