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Johanna Winant

Assistant Professor

I write about and teach transatlantic modernism, 20th century American literature, the intersection of philosophy and literature, and transhistorical poetry and poetics. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2014 and was the N.E.H. Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University in 2015-2016.

My current book project, Lyric Logic: American Modernism and the Problem of Induction, argues that modern American poetry transforms the epistemological problem of induction – the difficulty of predicting future experiences based on past ones – into an ambitious poetic strategy that challenges philosophy’s account of how best to make sense of the world. Through discussions of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and Elizabeth Bishop, Lyric Logic reconceptualizes the intellectual ambitions of modernist experimentation, as well as what counts as a philosophical poem. 

My articles and reviews have been published in James Joyce Quarterly, Paideuma, Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/modernity, and elsewhere. 

Recent courses I’ve taught at WVU include: American Women Writers, Modern Literature, American Literature 2 (1865-Present), Modern American Poetics, Foundations of Literary Study, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, American Poetry, and Thinking Through the Modern American Lyric (graduate seminar).

In addition to being an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, I am also a Faculty Associate of the Program for Women's and Gender Studies.

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