jennifer ashton

Associate Professor


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
 

From Modernism to Postmodernism:
American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century

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Contact Information

Office: 1912 UH, MC 162
Phone: 312-413-2233
Fax: 312-413-1005
Email: jashton@uic.edu