Jennifer Ashton

601 South Morgan Street (MC 162)
University Hall, Suite 2015
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.413.9568
Fax: 312.413.1005
Email:jashton@uic.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
American literature


Jennifer Ashton's research interests center on 20th- and 21st-century American poetry and literary theory.  She has published articles on modern and contemporary american poetry, with a particular interest in the history of lyric and the theoretical, aesthetic, and political commitments that have sometimes attached to it.  These concerns were in part the subject matter of her first book, From Modernism to Postmodernism: American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge UP, 2006). Professor Ashton is currently at work on a project that examines the function of lyric in contemporary U.S. poetry, particularly in the context of free-market liberalism and the rise of neoliberalism.  The project, tentatively titled Labor and the Lyric:  Contemporary American Poetry and Its Politics tracks the aesthetic, social, and economic developments that have informed poetic production since the 1970s, but is especially interested in shifts that have occurred in poetic practice since the financial crises of 2008.

PUBLICATIONS

From Modernism to Postmodernism: American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century
By Jennifer Ashton
Cambridge University Press
Published: January 30, 2006
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