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Indiana University Bloomington

Margaret Ronda

Margaret Ronda

Email | 812-855-5653


Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, 2009.

I specialize in American poetry of the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Particular areas of interest include Marxist criticism, aesthetic and genre theory, ecological literary modes (especially georgic and pastoral), and avant-garde poetics. My current project examines how modern poetry serves as a distinctive site for charting uneven development and for archiving obsolescent forms of experience. I study the ethos of preservation, salvage, and residual persistence that emerges in twentieth-century poetry as a deliberate contrast to emergent media forms and dominant productive relations, arguing that these inquiries into the differential processes and effects of modernization yield new insights into poetry's historical imaginary. I am also a practicing poet whose work appears in national journals. My book, Personification, was selected as the 2009 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize winner, and was published in April 2010.


Selected Publications (click images for more information)

PersonificationPersonification (Saturnalia, 2010).