The contemplative life: Research interests and
Or let my Lamp at midnight hour,
Be seen in som high lonely Towr,
Where I may oft outwatch the Bear...
-- John Milton, from "Il Penseroso"
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, spring 2003
(expected); field: English Language and Literature
Dissertation: The Poetics of Memory in Early Modern
- M.A., University of Michigan, December 1999
- B.A., with honors, University of
Chicago, June 1997
Thesis: "'This Novelty on Earth': Milton, Eve, and the Problems of
Theodicy in Paradise Lost"
- Research interests:
- late-medieval and Renaissance English literature
- poetry of the English Renaissance and early seventeenth century
- twentieth-century theories of the lyric
- prosody, meter, and poetic form
- psychoanalytic theory
- theories of memory and the mnemonic
- classical works in English translation
- Teaching: See the teaching section of this
site for details.
- "Off the Subject: Rhyme, Distraction, and Forgetfulness in Early
Modern Poetic Theory" (forthcoming in Lethe's Legacy: Sites of
Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture, ed.
Christopher Ivic and Grant Williams [Routledge, 2004])
- "Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Art of Memory" (in preparation)
- Committee work:
- Early Modern
Colloquium steering committee, 2000-present
- Early Modern Colloquium web page maintenance, fall 2002-present
- Conference organizer for "New Formalisms and the Lyric in History" (see
- English Graduate Group steering committee, 1998-1999
- Professional affiliations:
Still curious? Read an early version (extremely out of date at this
point) of my reading lists for my preliminary
Links to other literary and academic sites can be found on my link page. If you'd like a more complete version of
my curriculum vitae, e-mail me at alwatson AT umich DOT edu.
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