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Michael Snediker

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Associate Professor

Michael D. Snediker teaches courses in early American Literature, Transcendentalism, Henry James, Modernism, Poetics, Queer Theory, Disability Theory, and Aesthetics. He is the author of Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and other Felicitous Persuasions (U.Minnesota Press, 2009), which was nominated for the MLA First Book Prize, the Alan Bray Prize, and Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Prize. His second critical book, a reading of disability theory and aesthetics across the very long American 19th century, is titled Contingent Figure: Aesthetic Duress from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (under contract, U.Minnesota Press). His articles have appeared in venues including ELH, J19, Modernism/Modernity, and Postmodern Culture. He's also a published poet who has been a resident at both the James Merrill House (Stonington, CT) and Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY). His most recent book of poems, the Apartment of Tragic Appliances, was published in 2013 by Punctum Books. His poems have appeared in venues including The Black Warrior Review, Court Green, The Cream City ReviewJubilat, Maggie, The Paris Review, and Pleiades. He's currently writing about Emerson and clouds. His next book of poetry, The New York Editions, is a translation of Henry James's novels into lyric poems.


  • PhD (American Literature), Johns Hopkins University, 2005
  • MA (American Literature), Johns Hopkins University, 2003
  • MPhil (American Literature), Cambridge University, 2000
  • BA (summa cum laude with highest honors), Williams College, 1998

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