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Cary Nelson

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Contact Information

105 English
Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

modern poetry, critical theory, the politics of higher education


B.A. Antioch College; PhD University of Rochester

Highlighted Publications


Nelson, Cary. Our Last First Poets: Vision and History in Contemporary American Poetry. Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 1981.

Repression and Recovery: Modern American Poetry and the Politics of Cultural Memory, 1910-1945. Madison: U of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

Manifesto of a Tenured Radical. New York: New York U Press, 1997.

.Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left New York: Routledge, 2001.

No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom. New York: New York U Press, 2010.

Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Office Hours: Activism and Change in the Academy. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships. Washington, DC: American Association of University Professors, 2014.

Edited Books

Madrid 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Will Teach for Food: Academic Labor in Crisis. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 1997.

Anthology of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. New York: Oxford U Press, 2014.

The Oxford Companion to Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. New York: Oxford U Press, 2012.

Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 1988.

Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge, 1992.

The Wound and the Dream: Sixty Years of American Poetry About the Spanish Civil War. Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 2002.

The Collected Poems of Edwin Rolfe. Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 1993.

Wicked Times: Selected Poems by Aaron Kramer. Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 2004.

Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University: Poetry, Politics, and the Profession, EDITED BY MICHAEL ROTHBERG AND PETER GARRETT. Albany: State U of New York Press, 2009.