Faculty Scholarship & Creative Endeavors

The following is a sample of recent and upcoming work by faculty.

Dorothy Wang

Cover of book, Thinking Its PresenceThinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry
(winner of the 2016 Association for Asian American Studies’ award for best book in literary criticism, Honorable Mention in the Poetry Foundation’s inaugural Pegasus Prize in Criticism [2016], chosen by Ben Lerner for The New Yorker‘s “The Books We Loved in 2016” year-end list)
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Stanford University Press
Syndicate symposium on Thinking Its Presence

“Poetry After Language” colloquy, including the introduction to Thinking Its Presence

Can minority poetry contribute meaningfully to American poetry and poetics? Dorothy J. Wang makes an impassioned case that indeed it can, while taking pains to point out that such a claim does not square with the status quo. Poetry by racialized persons, she notes, is almost always read as secondary to the larger (and more “primary”) fields of English-language poetry and poetics. Thinking Its Presence calls for a radical rethinking of how American poetry is being read today.

While focusing on the work of five contemporary Asian American poets—Li-Young Lee, Marilyn Chin, John Yau, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Pamela Lu—the book makes the larger case that aesthetic forms are inseparable from social, political, and historical contexts when it comes to the writing and reception of poetry. Wang questions the tendency of critics and academics alike to occlude the role of race in their discussions of the American poetic tradition and casts a harsh light on the double standard they apply in reading poems by poets who are racial minorities.

This is the first sustained and detailed study of the formal properties in Asian American poetry across a range of aesthetic styles, from traditional lyric to avant-garde. With passion and conviction, Wang argues effectively that critics should read minority poetry with the same attention to language and form that they bring to their analyses of writing by white poets.

Legacies of Colonialism posterRace and Poetry and Poetics in the UK (RAPAPUK)




Jan Padios

Professor Padios’s 2021 essay on labor, in Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studiesedited by Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Amber Musser, Aimee Bahng, Karma Chávez, Aren Aizura, and Mishuana Goeman. The entire essay is available via the link.

Professor Padios’s 2021 erasure poems and art work in decomp journal’s ezine #3, “Translate Me Not: New Filipinx Writing and Art.”

Eli Nelson

Professor Nelson is the director of research at the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies. You can find out more about his work there on the BBQ+ website: https://www.bbqplus.org/

Professor Nelson’s 2021 piece, “Knowing and Gendering the NDN Cyborg,” part of a lab report on “Cyborgs Unbound, Feminist STS, Interdisciplinarity, and Graduate Education” is out now in Catalyst, an open access feminist science and technology studies journal: https://catalystjournal.org/index.php/catalyst/article/view/34995/27732

Professor Nelson’s 2020 lecture on Indigenous Knowledge in Public Health delivered virtually at Georgetown University as part of the Decolonizing Public Health series is available now on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ubiars6Ms

Professor Nelson’s 2018 episode of the podcast Ventricles, hosted by Shireen Hamza, titled “Canoes in Space” is available here: https://ventricles.simplecast.com/episodes/dc580fc6-CXvn68rp