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
A.B., Harvard College (1991)
M.A. (1995), Ph.D. (1998), Johns Hopkins University
Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture; poetry and poetics; national and racial identity
Racial Rhapsody: The Aesthetics of Contemporary U.S. Identity, Routledge, 2019.
The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (A Choice “Outstanding Academic Title, 2004”).
“The South in Reconstruction: White and Black Voices.” The Cambridge History of American Poetry. Edited by Alfred Bendixen. Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 383-402.
“Theories of Poetry.” The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume Six: The Nineteenth Century, c. 1830-c.1940. Edited by M. A. R. Habib. Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 524-38.
“Poe and Southern Poetry.” The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century Poetry. Edited by Kerry Charles Larson, Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 193-207.
“American Renaissance Poetry and the Topos of Positionality: Genius Mundi and Genius Loci in Walt Whitman and William Gilmore Simms.” Victorian Poetry, vol. 43, no. 2, Summer 2005, pp. 223-48.
“‘Of Me and Of Mine’: The Music of Racial Identity in Whitman and Lanier, Dvorák and Du Bois.” American Literature, vol. 73, no. 1, March 2001, pp. 147-84.
“‘We are Five-and-Forty’: Meter and National Identity in Sir Walter Scott.” Studies in Romanticism, vol. 40, no. 1, Spring 2001, pp. 85-98.