Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Fall 2012
Daniel Tiffany is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He focuses on poetry and poetics, philosophy, the history of literary culture, and critical theory. Tiffany has published translations of works by Sophocles, Georges Bataille, and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese. His critical works include Radio Corpse: Imagism and the Cryptaesthetic of Ezra Pound (Harvard University Press, 1995); Toy Medium: Materialism and Modern Lyric (University of California Press, 2000), named one of the Best Books of 2000 by the Los Angeles Times Book Review; and Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife, Substance (University of Chicago Press, 2009), named the Best Book of Poetry Criticism by the senior editor of Poetry magazine. Tiffany’s critical essays on poetry and poetics have appeared in Critical Inquiry, PMLA, Semiotexte, Modernism/Modernity, and numerous other journals. In addition, three volumes of his poetry, which has been awarded the Chicago Review Poetry Prize, have appeared in the last decade. His poems appear in journals including Tin House, Boston Review, and the Paris Review, and he has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Karolyi Foundation, in France, and is a recipient of the Whiting Fellowship.