Lukas Moe

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Alumni Fellow in English

I’m interested, broadly, in the question of how literature works formally and historically in modern social imaginaries and sensoriums. I’m especially interested in the history of media as they shape and interrupt each other on the way to building the life-world of experiences and beliefs we come to call meaningful. Guided by research interests in the history of 20th century American class and racial formation, I investigate the normative claims that art makes on us, even so as to transform the language of our self-description and -relation to others. I study the theory and practice of 20th-century Anglophone poetry; African-American experimental poets; the cultural history of modernism; the overlap of American radicalism and pragmatism. I’m at work on developing for publication my dissertation, a study of US poetry in the aftermath of the American Left.

Selected Publications

- “‘Not Anyone’s Eden’: A Critical Introduction to New Poems by George Oppen.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 43, no. 4, Summer 2020.

- “Elegy’s Generation: Muriel Rukeyser, M.L. Rosenthal, and Poetry after the Left.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 80, no. 2, June 2019, pp. 195–219

- “‘Perfect Losses We Can’t Mourn’: On Rob Halpern’s Music for Porn.” Jacket2