Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


John (Jack) Kerkering

Title/s: Associate Professor

Specialty Area: 19th- and early 20th-century American literature and culture, poetry and poetics, national and racial identity

Office #: Crown Center 461

Phone: 83801

E-mail: jkerker@luc.edu


A.B., Harvard College (1991); M.A. (1995), Ph.D. (1998), Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture; poetry and poetics; national and racial identity

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:
"American Renaissance Poetry and the Topos of Positionality: Genius Mundi and Genius Loci in Walt Whitman and William Gilmore Simms," Victorian Poetry 43.2 (Summer 2005): 223-48.  

"'Of Me and Of Mine': The Music of Racial Identity in Whitman and Lanier, Dvorak and Du Bois." American Literature 73 (2001): 147-84.

"'We are Five-and-Forty': Meter and National Identity in Sir Walter Scott." Studies in Romanticism 40 (2001): 85-98.

The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. New York: Cambridge UP, 2003.

Book Chapters: 

A chapter on "Theories of Poetry" forthcoming in the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 6

"Edgar Poe and Southern Tradition," The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, ed. Kerry Larson.


"The South in Reconstruction:  Black and White Voices," The Cambridge History of American Poetry, ed. Alfred Bendixen.