Visiting Associate Professor of English
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Office: 417 Holmes
Email: r.trousdale at neu.edu
Research Interests: Poetry and Poetics; Modernism; Postmodernism; Contemporary Literature; Transnational Literature; Humor Theory; Comics
100-level and First-Year Seminars: Alternate Histories [ Syllabus]; Narratives of Captivity and Escape [ Syllabus]
200-level: Developments in the Novel [ Syllabus]; Lyric Poetry [ Syllabus]; British Literature Since 1800 [ Syllabus]; Introduction to Poetry Writing [ Syllabus]
300-level: Modern Poetry [ Syllabus]; The Modern British Novel [ Syllabus]; Virginia Woolf and Modernism [ Syllabus]; Postmodern Fiction [ Syllabus]; Romantic Poetry [ Syllabus]; 19th Century British Poetry [ Syllabus]; Poetry Workshop [ Syllabus]
400-level: Senior Seminar in Literature [ Syllabus]
. New York: Palgrave, 2010; paperback edition forthcoming August 1, 2013. Click Nabokov, Rushdie, and the Transnational Imagination: Novels of Exile and Alternate Worlds here for a review from Twentieth Century Literature 58: 2 (2012): 355-364.
"Panthers and Jaguars: Realism and Responsibility in Salman Rushdie's
Shame." Critical Insights: Magical Realism, ed. Ignacio Lopez-Calvo. Armenia, NY: Gray House Publishing, 2014, 178-192. Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov. Co-written with Priscilla Meyer. Comparative Literature Studies 50: 3 (2013): 490-522.
A Female Prophet? Female Authority and Memory in Marjane Satrapi. , ed. Jane Tolmie. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2013, 241-263.
Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art
'Humor Saves Steps': Laughter and Humanity in Marianne Moore. The Journal of Modern Literature 35: 3 (2012): 121-138. Nabokov and the Transnational Canon.
The Nabokovian 66 (Spring 2011): 7-14. Chabon, Nabokov, and the Model Transnational.
, ed. Duncan White and Will Norman. London: Peter Lang UK, 2009, 99-114. Transitional Nabokov Incest and Intertext:
Mansfield Park in Ada. The Nabokovian 61 (Fall 2008): 48-52 Hybridity and the Artist in
Out of Africa in , ed. Gonul Pultar. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2005, 169-190. On the Road to Baghdad, or, Traveling Biculturalism
City of Mongrel Joy: Bombay in Rushdie's Midnight's Children and The Moor's Last Sigh. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 39:2 (2004): 95-110.
Faragod Bless Them: . Anna Karenin and Electricity in Ada Nabokov Studies 7 (2003): 119-128.
Self-Invention in Isak Dinesen's 'The Flood at Norderney.' Scandinavian Studies, Volume 74 No, 2 (2002): 205-222. Reprinted in Short Story Criticism, Volume 75 (2004) and Twentieth Century Literature Criticism, Volume 255 (2011). Transformations of Memory: Marcel Proust, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Merrill in
, ed. Jane Grayson, Arnold B. McMillin, and Priscilla Meyer, Macmillan, 2002, 192-203. Nabokov's World Recent and forthcoming book reviews in
The Yale Review, , The Harvard Review Online , Rain Taxi Review of Books Woolf Studies Annual, Studies in American Humor, and The Slavonic and East European Review.
The Joking Voice: Humor and Empathy in Twentieth-Century Poetry Editor,
Humor in Modern American Poetry "Witches Against War: Dubravka Ugresic, Umberto Eco, and the Transnational Imaginary"
Five-Paragraph Essay on the Body-Mind Problem, a book of poems Poetry
Young Peggy Plays Taps. Literary Imagination (2012) 14(3): 352 Five poems and an interview at
Connotation Press. An audio recording, courtesy of
Rhino, of me reading "Learning Swahili", along with a recording of my translation of the poem into Kiswahili, read by Brian Macharia. Three poems at Two Serious Ladies.
A little humor piece:
FAQ About My Long-Distance Academic Marriage at The Toast. My poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Light, , The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry Parts of the Whole: Poetry of the Body, , Natural Bridge , Sou'wester , The Southern Poetry Anthology , So Little Time you are here, Confrontation, and Pocket Field Guide, among other places.
"Humor Saves Steps: Laughter and Fellow-Feeling in Modern Poetry," delivered as part of Agnes Scott's ACME lecture series, September 6, 2011. This lecture is an overview of some of my current research.
"An Imaginary Poet", delivered as part of Agnes Scott's "Last Lecture" series, February 10, 2009; this piece is somewhere between literary criticism and performance art. A
discussion of Marjane Satrapi's graphic memoir Persepolis, featuring students who asked for and designed an independent study in graphic novels in the spring of 2008. This discussion was distributed to incoming first-year students the following fall as part of ASC's first-year common reading program. Recent and Upcoming Events
"Humor in Modern Poetry" panel at MLA 2015, January 2015, Vancouver, BC.
"Looking Up at the Stars: W. H. Auden's Astronomical Perspectives." MSA 2014, November 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.
"'Shocked at my Levity': Pound's Humor in the
Pisan Cantos." ALA Symposium on American Poetry. October 24, 2014.
Poetry reading with Lori Desrosiers, Ellen Goldstein, and Joy Ladin. Massachusetts Poetry Festival. May 4, 2014. Library Room, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA. "Salman Rushdie and Islamophobia." MLA 2014, January 2014, Chicago, IL.
"Witches Against War: Dubravka Ugresic's Baba Yaga International." MLA 2014, January 2014, Chicago, IL.
"Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf." Collaborative presentation with Priscilla Meyer. Nabokov Readings, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, July 4-5, 2013, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
"Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf." Collaborative presentation with Priscilla Meyer. April 5, 2013, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
"Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf." Collaborative presentation with Priscilla Meyer. AATSEEL 2013, Boston, MA.
"Witches Against War: Dubravka Ugresic and Umberto Eco." Keynote, University of Georgia Department of Comparative Literature's 2012 Graduate Conference, "Evaluating Transnationalism," March 24, 2012
"Marianne Moore's Empathetic Satire." MLA 2012, Seattle, WA.
"The Joking Voice: Humor and Intimacy in Elizabeth Bishop's Poetry." SAMLA 2011, Atlanta, GA.
"Humor Saves Steps: Laughter and Fellow-Feeling in Modern Poetry." ACME Lecture Series, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA, September 6, 2011
"A Female Prophet? Female Authority and Memory in Marjane Satrapi." MLA 2011, Los Angeles, CA.
"Nabokov and the Transnational Canon." MLA 2011, Los Angeles, CA.
"Derek Walcott and Postcolonial Poetics." University of West GA, Carrollton, GA, November 30, 2009.
"'Tell me the Truth': Humor and Humanism in Auden." Modernist Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, November 9, 2009.
Ph.D. (2002) Yale University
M. Phil. (1998) Yale University
M.A. (1997) Yale University
B.A. (1996) Yale University