Barrett Watten (ad6155)

University information

Title: Professor
Unit: English
Department: College of Liberal Arts & Science

Contact information

313-577-3067
2214 51 West Warren Ave.
English
Liberal Arts
Detroit, 48202

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department: English
Title: Professor
Office:

460 W. Canfield, Detroit MI 48201

Website: http://barrettwatten.net
Youtube Videos: Barrett Watten Mode C
Biography:

Barrett Watten is Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics (2004 René Wellek Prize, ACLA) and Questions of Poetics: Language Writing and Consequences (University of Iowa Press, 2016), as well as numerous volumes of poetry, including Frame (1971-1990), Bad History, Progress/Under Erasure, and Zone (1973–2021). With Carrie Noland, he co-edited Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement (Palgrave, 2008); and with Lyn Hejinian, he is coeditor of A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field, 1982-98 and Poetics Journal Digital Archive (Wesleyan University Press, 2013/15). In 2022–23, he produced Grand Piano TV, a ten-part online reading series with the ten authors of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975–1980 (available at bit.ly/3S7f7ae).

Research Interest/Area of Expertise:

20th/21st century literature; modernist and avant-garde studies; postmodern and millennial literature and culture; poetry and poetics; visual culture; digital culture. 

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Awards and Grants:
  • Academy of Scholars, Wayne State University, 2014
  • Millay Colony Residency (Austerlitz, N.Y.), August 2010
  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany, Fall 2005
  • The René Wellek Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2004
  • Fellowship in Creative Writing, National Endowment for the Arts, 1979–80
Selected Publications:

Literary and cultural criticism

  • Questions of Poetics: Language Writing and Consequences (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2016)
  • The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2003)
  • Total Syntax (Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985)

Edited volumes

  • Poetics Journal Digital Archive, digital archive of Poetics Journal (1982-98), co-edited with Lyn Hejinian (Wesleyan University Press, 2015)
  • A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field, 1982–98, ed. with Lyn Hejinian (Wesleyan University Press, 2013)
  • Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement, ed. with Carrie Noland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • The Poetics of New Meaning, with introduction, Qui Parle (University of California, Berkeley) 12, no.2 (Spring/Summer 2001; appeared Fall 2001)

Creative works

  • Zone (1973–2021) (Tucson: Chax Press, forthcoming 2023)
  • The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975–1980, with Bob Perelman, Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Tom Mandel, Ron Silliman, Kit Robinson, Lyn Hejinian, Rae Armantrout, and Ted Pearson, parts 1–9 (Detroit: Mode A, 2006–10)
  • Progress/Under Erasure (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2004)
  • Bad History (Berkeley, Calif.: Atelos Press, 1998; 2nd printing 2002)
  • Frame: 1971–1990 (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1997)
  • Under Erasure (Tenerife, Canary Is., Spain: Zasterle Press, 1991)
  • Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union. With Ron Silliman, Lyn Hejinian, and Michael Davidson (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1991)
  • Progress (New York: Roof Books, 1985)
  • Complete Thought (Berkeley, Calif.: Tuumba, 1982)
  • 1–10 (San Francisco: This Press, 1980)
  • Plasma/Paralleles/”X” (Berkeley, Calif.: Tuumba, 1979). Extended prose poems
  • Decay (San Francisco: This Press, 1977). Poetry
  • Opera—Works (Bolinas, Calif.: Big Sky Books, 1975). Poetry and prose

As editor

  • Poetics Journal 1–10, with Lyn Hejinian (1981–98)
  • This 1–12 (1971–82; with Robert Grenier, 1971–73)
Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught:

Courses taught (last six years)

Graduate

  • English 7004, Theoretical Issues in Cultural Studies, “Questions of Unreason in Modern Cultures,” Fall 2018
  • English 8004, Seminar in Literature and Culture After 1870, “2049: The Present in Literature and Culture ‘After the End of History,’” Winter 2018

Upper division

  • English 5450, Modern American Literature, “Modernism, Modernity, and the Ques-tion of Value,” Winter 2019
  • English 5860, Topics in Creative Writing, “Creative Foundations: Contemporary Forms and Critical Practice,” Fall 2018
  • English 4991/5992, Honors/Senior Seminar, “The Russian Connection,” Fall 2017

Lower division

  • English 3100, Introduction to Literary Studies, Winter 2019; Winter 2018
Courses taught:

GRADUATE:
English 7004, Theoretical Issues in Cultural Studies, “Questions of Unreason in Modern Cultures,” 3 credits, F18
English 8004, Seminar in Literature and Culture After 1870, “2049: The Present in Literature and Culture ‘After the End of History,’” 3 credits, W18
English 7033, Postmodernism and Postmodernity, “The Poetics of Value: Moderni-ty, Crisis, and the Work of Art,” 3 credits, W17
English 8001, Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies, “Global Modernity and the Transnational Imagination,” 3 credits, F15
English 6800, Advanced Creative Writing, “Poetry and Poetics,” 3 credits, F14
English 7033, Postmodernism and Postmodernity: “Forms of the Present in Post-1945 American Literature and Art,” 3 credits, W14

UPPER DIVISION:
English 5860, Topics in Creative Writing, “Creative Foundations: Contemporary Forms and Critical Practice,” 3 credits, F18
English 4991/5992, Honors/Senior Seminar, “The Russian Connection,” 3 credits, F17
English 5695, Writing for Publication, “The Poetics of Print: Alternative Publishing in the Print/Digital Age,” 3 credits, F17
English 5860, Topics in Creative Writing, “Social Experiments: Writing After the Millennium,” 3 credits, W16
English 4991/5992, Honors/Senior Seminar, “Selfies: The Millennial Condition in Literature and Culture,” 3 credits, W16
English 5565, Postmodernism, “Zero Hour and After: Post-1945 Literature and Culture,” 3 credits, W15
English 5450, Modern American Literature, “Social Formations: Modernist Isms and Nexuses, 1910–Present,” 3 credits, ?W14

LOWER DIVISION:
English 3140, Survey of American Literature, 3 credits, W15
English 3100, Introduction to Literary Studies, 3 credits, W18, W 16, F14

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