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Elisabeth Däumer


614R Pray-Harrold




PhD, Indiana University

Interests and Expertise

I found my way to the United States as a foreign student on a one-year scholarship to attend Indiana University. Like so many other foreigners coming to this country, I stayed on. I completed my doctorate in 1989 and began working for EMU soon after. In 1999, I became an American citizen. Despite having lived in America for many years, I’ve retained a distinct German accent. There are no doubt other things “German” about me, including research projects that frequently take me back to the country in which I was born and raised. My recent scholarly interests include modern poetry and poetics, cognitive literary theory, and empathy studies. I continue to think and write about the poetry of T. S. Eliot and Muriel Rukeyser—two poets who could not be more unlike—and enjoy being an active member of EMU’s Women and Gender Studies Department.


Litr 450: T. S. Eliot
Litr 450: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
Litr 470: Studies in Poetry
Litr 443: Women and Literature
Litr 490: Senior Seminar
Litr 592: Women and the Long Poem
Litr 570: Studies in Twentieth-Century American Poetry
Litr 511: Literary Criticism

Recent Publications and Presentations


Co-editor. The International Reception of T. S. Eliot. London and New York: Continuum Press, 2007.

Co-editor. The Feminist Teacher Anthology. New York: Teachers College Press of Columbia Univ., 1998./p>


“The Hollow Men.” A Companion to T. S. Eliot. Ed. David Chinitz. London: Blackwell, 2009./p>

With Alec Marsh, “Pound and Eliot.” American Literary Scholarship. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Durham: Duke UP, 2007./p>

“Remodernizing T. S. Eliot: Eva Hesse and Das Wüste Land.” The International Reception of T. S. Eliot, ed. Elisabeth Däumer and Shyamal Bagchee. London and New York: Continuum Press, 2007.