Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Tim Newcomb

Associate Head of the Department, Professor of English

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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

Selected Publications


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

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Book Contributions

  • "Making Modernism: T. S. Eliot as Publisher." A Companion to T. S. Eliot. Ed. David Chinitz. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 399-410.
  • "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.
  • "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.

Journal Articles

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