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Harris Feinsod

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies; Director of Graduate Studies in the Comparative Literary Studies Program

Ph.D., Stanford


Harris Feinsod is a literary and cultural historian of the United States, Latin America, and the Atlantic world. His teaching and research emphasize poetry and poetics, modernism and the avant-garde in Europe and the Americas, multiethnic US literature, and transnational studies (especially hemispheric and oceanic approaches). At Northwestern since 2011, he earned a Ph.D. from Stanford (2011) and an A.B. from Brown (2004), both in Comparative Literature.

His first book, The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures (Oxford, hardcover in 2017, paperback in 2019), offers a detailed literary history of relations among poets in the US and Latin America across the mid-twentieth century. Fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Harry Ransom Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center supported the research and writing of this book.

Feinsod is now at work on “Into Steam: The Global Imaginaries of Maritime Modernism.” A worldwide account of transoceanic and dockside poetry, narrative fiction, visual art, and radical history from 1900-1960, “Into Steam” charts modernist culture as viewed from its industrializing seaways. Essays related to this project appear in American Literary History, English Language Notes, Modernism / modernity, and n+1, and it has been supported by a fellowship at the National Humanities Center (2019-2020).

Feinsod also collaborates on several translation and editorial projects. He is the co-translator (with Rachel Galvin), of Oliverio Girondo’s Decals: Complete Early Poems (Open Letter, 2018), which was shortlisted for the National Translation Award in Poetry by the American Literary Translator’s Association. With John Alba Cutler, he directs Open Door Archive, a repository and exhibition space featuring digital reissues of neglected print cultures of the Americas. Previously, he served as assistant editor for The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition (2012). Other recent essays appear in publications such as The Baffler, In These Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Post45.

At Northwestern, Feinsod has core appointments in the Department of English and the Program in Comparative Literary Studies, and he is an affiliate of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is active in several research initiatives, including the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium and graduate cluster, and the Global Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies cluster (GAMS).


Modern, Poetry & Poetics, Literary Theory, American: 20th Century, Latina & Latino Literature


Decals: Complete Early Poems of Oliverio Girondo
Decals: Complete Early Poems of Oliverio Girondo (co-translator, Open Letter, 2018)



Occasional Essays & Interviews


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