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CURRENTS: Keegan Cook Finberg (ENGL)

Humanities Work Now


Performing Arts & Humanities Building : 216 and Online

Date & Time

November 30, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


The Dresher Center’s CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now lunchtime series showcases exciting new faculty work in the humanities in a dynamic and inter-disciplinary setting.

Lunch will be served at 11:30am.

Poetry in General, or, Literary Experimentalism After 1960
Keegan Cook Finberg, Assistant Professor, English; Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow

In this talk, Keegan Cook Finberg will present research from her book in progress, Poetry in General, or, Literary Experimentalism After 1960, which considers the expansion of poetry into an interdisciplinary public form in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century. Finberg argues that the definition of poetry expands as the social democratic notion of a “public” first grows with the rise of the Keynesian welfare state and subsequently contracts with the turn to neoliberalism. Her talk will focus on poetry from the early 2000s that reproduces documents of history to comment on the privatization of interpretation due to a growing education economy separate from state support.