Assistant Professor, English
Modernism; 20th/21st-century British literature; Irish studies; Caribbean and diasporic literature; Art theory, archives & visual culture; Eco-studies; Queer studies

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Amy E. Elkins (Ph.D., Emory University; M.A., University of Virginia; B.A., Hendrix College) teaches courses on modern and contemporary literature and interdisciplinary studies. Professor Elkins has special interests in art theory and visual culture, intersectional feminist approaches to the archive, and experimental academic writing. She also serves as the Modern Language Association’s elected delegate for Women and Gender in the Profession and has received fellowships from Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Rare Books School, and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Her first book monograph Crafting Modernity: Remaking Feminist Time from Literary Modernism to the Multimedia Present is currently under review, and her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, Contemporary Literature, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945. Professor Elkins also interviews writers on visual culture for the Los Angeles Review of Books . As an artist, theorist, and scholar, she emphasizes a dynamic, global approach to research and student-driven inquiry across media.

Areas of Study:

  • Modernism
  • 20th/21st-century British literature
  • Irish studies
  • Caribbean and diasporic literature
  • Art theory, archives & visual culture
  • Eco-studies
  • Queer studies

Fall 2021 Courses:

  • ENGL 294-04: Zadie Smith and Ali Smith
  • ENGL 401-01: Projects in Literary Research: Research-Creation as Social Justice

Selected Essays:
“’Draw deep from your palette’: Lorna Goodison’s Poetics of Pigment,” Contemporary Literature, forthcoming.

“Typestruck: On Women and Writing Machines,” co-written with Glenn Adamson,
Modernism/Modernity Print+ Visualities series, edited by Alix Beeston, July 2020. online

“Uncovering Jean McConville: Seamus Heaney’s Poetic Cartography of the Disappeared,” with Roan O’Neill (collaborative research project with Macalester advisee, funding from Mellon Foundation Lifelong Learners), Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 22.3 (2020): 218-39.

“From the Gutter to the Gallery: Berenice Abbott Photographs Mina Loy’s Assemblages,” PMLA Little Known Documents 134.5 (2019): 1094-1103.

“A Stitch in Time: H.D.’s Craft Modernism as Transhistoric Repair, The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 12 (2016): online.

Selected talks:
“Lo-Fi Modernism” roundtable speaker. Modernist Studies Association. Toronto, October 2019.

“Troublesome Monographs” roundtable speaker. British Association for Modernist Studies. London, June 2019.

“The Exploded iPhone: ‘Homemade Tech’ in the Age of Feminist Critical Making,” Cardiff University, Image Works: Research and Practice in Visual Culture lecture series, June 2019.

“Process & Praxis: Creative Pedagogies in Literary Studies,” Cardiff University, public teaching workshop, June 2019.

“‘Homemade Tech’: Virginia Woolf, Zadie Smith, and the Art of Critical Making,” University of Southern California, April 2019.

“Fragmentation Imagination”: Collage, Embodiment, and Ali Smith’s Modernist Media.” Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism & the Arts. Queen Mary, University of London, November 2017.

“The Craft of Survival,” American Craft Council Library Salon Series, Spring 2017.

“Modernism Across the Arts,” roundtable speaker and co-organizer. Modernist Studies Association.  Pasadena, California, November 2016.

“Mina Loy in the Age of Occupy: Trash Assemblage and the Aesthetics of Nonviolent Protest.” Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. Clemson, South Carolina, September 2015.


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