John (Jack) Kerkering
A.B., Harvard College (1991); M.A. (1995), Ph.D. (1998), Johns Hopkins University
Teaching and Research Interests:
Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture; poetry and poetics; national and racial identity
"American Renaissance Poetry and the Topos of Positionality: Genius Mundi and Genius Loci in Walt Whitman and William Gilmore Simms," Victorian Poetry 43.2 (Summer 2005): 223-48.
"'Of Me and Of Mine': The Music of Racial Identity in Whitman and Lanier, Dvorak and Du Bois." American Literature 73 (2001): 147-84.
"'We are Five-and-Forty': Meter and National Identity in Sir Walter Scott." Studies in Romanticism 40 (2001): 85-98.
The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. New York: Cambridge UP, 2003.
A chapter on "Theories of Poetry" forthcoming in the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 6