the ethics of reading

Bronwen Tate

portrait: Bronwen Tate
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

Bronwen Tate is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Her dissertation "Putting it All in, Leaving it All Out: Questions of Scale in Post-1945 American Poetry" uses scale as a lens to reevaluate 20th century poetic theories and practices. At a theoretical level, this project contrasts the opposing compositional impulses and reading experiences of a poetry of essence and a poetry of duration.  Her work brings into dialogue writers as aesthetically divergent as Allen Ginsberg and Lorine Niedecker or Frank Stanford and James Merrill, as well as shedding new light on the feminist book-length poems of Lyn Hejinian and Bernadette Mayer and the gesture of poetic reticence in Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Creeley. Bronwen has taught courses in literature, creative writing, and English composition at Stanford University, Brown University, Borough of Manhattan Community College and other institutions. She is a 2011-2013 DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Fellow. 


2013 Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University  (Expected) 

2006: M.F.A. in Literary Arts: Poetry, Brown University, Providence, RI

2003: B.A. with Honors in Comparative Literature: Literary Translation, Brown University, Providence, RI, magna cum laude. Senior Honors Thesis: Translation into English of the Italian novel Montedidio with critical introduction.

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