Dr Sophie Seita, BA equiv. (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität), MA, MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Queen Mary University of London)
I teach Practical Criticism, Lyric, American Literature, Contemporary Writing, and supervise dissertations. Before coming to Queens', I received my PhD from Queen Mary University of London in 2016. Between 2015 and 2016 I was a Visiting Scholar at NYU and in 2013-2014 I held the same position at Columbia University. I read English at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and at Cambridge, followed by an MPhil in Criticism and Culture, also at Cambridge. I have received fellowships from Princeton, Yale, Buffalo, Queen Mary University of London, DAAD, and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (multiple), as well as grants and awards from Columbia, Cambridge, NYU, PEN America, Asymptote, and QMUL, among others.
My research focuses on Anglophone avant-garde poetry and poetics, literary communities, print culture, periodical studies, and, most recently, experiments with autobiography as a mode (rather than genre) from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. I’m currently working on a monograph tentatively called 'Provisional Avant-Gardes: Little Magazine Communities from Letterpress to Digital'—a diachronic study of provisional avant-garde communities through the medium of the ‘little magazine’, offering a way to rethink received views of avant-garde “movements” and their respective historical, social, and aesthetic boundaries. I’m particularly interested in aspects of a magazine’s production (including print technology and materiality), reception, and distribution, as well as wider theoretical questions about hospitality, feminism, and canonicity, and what it means to be ‘avant-garde’ today. My second project on experimental autobiographies will continue my investigations into innovative writing, genre, gender, and the politics and materialities of historical and new media. I am also a poet, playwright, and translator www.sophieseita.com.
- Junior Research Fellow