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Harris Feinsod



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Stanford Humanities Center
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Stanford, CA 94305

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Harris Feinsod

Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature

I entered Stanford's Comparative Literature program in 2005, after completing an A.B. at Brown University, summa cum laude, double concentration in Comparative Literature and Italian Studies (2004).  I also studied at the Universitá di Bologna, dipartimento di Italianistica from 2002-2003. My research interests compass late 19th, 20th and 21st century U.S. and Latin American literature and culture; transnational literary studies (especially hemispheric American contexts); comparative poetics and the history of poetry in English, Spanish and Italian; modernism and the avant-garde in Europe and the Americas; approaches to the environmental humanities; postmodernism and inter-ethnic literature and cinema in the U.S. "new west."

I am presently completing my dissertation, "Fluent Mundo: Inter-American Poetry, 1939-1973," a study of poetry and the culture of inter-Americanism from the beginning of World War II to the peak of the Latin American literary "boom."


Entries for “Sound Poetry,” “Glossolalia,” "Hypogram," "Clavis" and “Matrix,” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edn. (Princeton University Press, forthcoming, 2012).

Book review of Jeffrey Yang’s An Aquarium, Mantis 8 (Summer, 2009): 245-247.

“Reconsidering the ‘Spiritual Economy’: Saint-John Perse, His Translators, and the Limits of Internationalism,” Telos 137 (Spring, 2007): 139-161.

Recent Teaching

COMPLIT 134, "The Poetry of History in the Americas," Spring, 2010 (Instructor)

DLCL 189, "Honors Thesis Writing Workshop," Fall, 2008 and 2009 (TA)

ITALLANG 1 and 2, "First Year Italian," Winter-Spring, 2007 (Instructor)

COMPLIT 121, "Poems, Poetry, Worlds," Fall, 2007 (TA)

COMPLIT 123, "History of Childrens Literature," Spring, 2006 (TA)

Professional Activities:

Assistant Editor, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th Edn (forthcoming, 2012)

Co-founder (with Roland Greene and Nicholas Jenkins) and coordinator, Stanford Workshop in Poetics, 2006-2010

Producer, Entitled Opinions, a weekly radio talk show and podcast hosted by Robert Harrison on KZSU 90.1FM, Stanford University, 2007-2009

Managing Editor, Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism and Translation, Stanford University, 2006-2008. 

Selected Conference Presentations:

"Unscored Librettos of Some Bearded Castro," Trans-American Studies Workshop, Stanford University, April 7, 2011 (scheduled)

"Periodization in the Poetry of the Americas," Institutions of Periodization, American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, March 31-April 3, 2011 (scheduled)

"Postwar Poetry and the Ruins of Inter-Americanism: Bishop, Neruda, Olson, Ginsberg," Northwestern University, February 8, 2011

"Fluent Mundo: Notes Toward an Inter-American Stevens," Wallace Stevens Society, American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 25, 2010

“‘The Continent from Pole to Pole’: Poetry and the Infrastructure of  Wartime Pan-Americanism”: Poetry of the Americas Colloquium, Princeton University, April 17, 2010

“The Renga and the Hoax: Poetry under the Cosmopolitan Mandate,” World Literature: Poetics/Performance/Publics, ACLA, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2010

“Elizabeth Bishop, *with Apologies to Pablo Neruda,” Cultural Synchronization and Disjuncture Workshop, Stanford University, February 5, 2010

"Sound Poetry as Genre," Melopoeisis: New Soundings in Music and Poetry (seminar panel), ACLA, Harvard University, March 26-29, 2009

“Hugo Ball’s Lautgedichte and International Language Systems,” Hermes Seminar, London, June 2008

“These Vast Imagination's Shrank: Vico's Giants and the Dimensions of the Human,” Stanford Aesthetics Workshop, May 2007

Selected Awards and Fellowships:

Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, 2011

Graduate Research Opportunity Grant for work at Fundación Pablo Neruda, Santiago de Chile, 2009

Ric Weiland Graduate Fellowship for outstanding third-year doctoral candidates, 2008-2010