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Dr Jordan Savage

Staff positionLecturer in U.S. Literature, Open Seminar Coordinator, CADENZA link
Telephone01206 872243
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I'm a graduate of Essex and Cambridge, and I've been teaching at Essex since 2015.
I work in the field of U.S. poetry, and I'm particularly focussed around contemporary poetry, The Western (and writings from the American South-West), and intersectional Marxist-Feminist criticism. 
I am always happy to answer queries from current and prospective students.


I hold a PhD from the University of Essex. My thesis, which considered the relationship between poetry and place in modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, was supervised by Professor Richard Gray and Professor Peter Hulme.

My MA in Wlid Writing: Literature and Environmental Science is also from Essex, and I graduated in 2011.

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, graduating with BA in English in 2008.

Current research

Current projects include:

A monograph entitled "Locating Possibility: Utopia and Transformation in Modern American Place-Poetics". This project posits a genealogy of place-concerned poets in the USA, working on an anti-colonial agenda. Poets addressed in this project (chronologically): Hart Crane, Muriel Rukeyser, William Carlos Williams, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder, Edward Dorn, Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, Juliana Spahr.

I have articles forthcoming with the European Journal of American Culture, the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, and Papers on Language and Literature.

Research interests

In addition to avant-garde U.S. poetry, my research interests include: literatures of the American South-West, alternative knowledges, feminist reading and writing practices, environmental criticism, and eco-lyric.

I welcome applications for doctoral students working in any of these fields, and in U.S. literature more broadly.

Teaching responsibilities

First year teaching: Introduction to Close Reading; Introduction to United States Literature.

Second year teaching: United States Literature, 1850-Present

Third year teaching: My new module, "The Story and Myth of the West", which explores The Western in the context of other American origin myths, will run for the first time from October 2016.


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