Professor of English, University of Georgia
Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow - Class of Spring 2009
As a self-proclaimed military “brat” who moved around frequently as a child, Jed Rasula assumed a career path also less than linear. After stints as an editor, critic, bookseller, typesetter, carpenter, and radio-show host, Rasula is now the Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of modernism in art, music, and literature at the University of Georgia, Athens. His book American Wax Museum: Reality Effects 1940–1990, about the canonizing assumptions that have shaped how American poetry is viewed, and Imagining Language: An Anthology, which discusses the multiple forms language can take and demonstrates the variability in linguistic form over three millennia, are both acknowledged staple works in the field. Forthcoming in 2009 is his book Modernism and Poetic Inspiration: The Shadow Mouth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).