Tim Newcomb

Professor of English


B.A. Davidson College, M.A., Ph.D. Duke University

Teaching Interests

American poetry, popular cinema, critical theory

Research Interests

American poetry, film and visual culture, theories of spatiality and urban modernity, architecture


Film/Visual Culture, American, later, Poetry

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • modern American poetry, film and visual culture


  • B. A. Davidson College
  • M, A,, Ph. D. Duke University



  • How Did Poetry Survive? The Making of Modern American Verse. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012.
  • Would Poetry Disappear? American Verse and the Crisis of Modernity. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2004.
  • Wallace Stevens and Literary Canons. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992.

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Book Contributions

  • "The New Poetry." A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Ed. Gail McDonald and David Chinitz. Chichester, UK : Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. 209-21.
  • "The Emergence of 'The New Poetry'." The Cambridge Companion to Modern Poetry. Ed. Walter Kalaidjian. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 11-23.
  • "The Twentieth Century Begins." The Cambridge History of American Poetry. Ed. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 497-518.
  • "Out With the Crowd: Modern American Poets Speaking to Mass Culture." The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 248-67.
  • "Making Modernism: T. S. Eliot as Publisher." A Companion to T. S. Eliot. Ed. David Chinitz. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 399-410.

Journal Articles

  • "Response to Charles Bernstein." American Literary History 20 (2008): 369-80.
  • "Poetry’s Opening Door: Harriet Monroe and American Modernism." American Periodicals 15 (2005): 6-23.
  • "The Housetop Sea: Cityscape Verse and the Rise of Modern American Poetry." American Literature 76 (2004): 275-306.
  • "The Footprint of the Twentieth Century: American Skyscrapers and Modernist Poems." Modernism/Modernity 10 (2003): 97-125.

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