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Elisabeth Däumer


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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; theories of gesture and embodiment; ecotheory and criticism. In addition, since the fall of 2015, I have been editor of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, which is produced by EMU's English Department. I continue to think and write about the poetry of T. S. Eliot and Muriel Rukeyser and developed, with the help of students, the Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive Website.


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

Books and Journals:

Editor. Muriel Rukeyser. A Special Issue of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory. 43.4 (Fall 2013).

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


“Understanding Understanding: Interdisciplinary Articulation for Instruction and Assessment." With William Douglas Baker. Language Arts Journal of Michigan 31.1 (2015): 28-36.

“T.S. Eliot, Jean Epstein, and the Physiology of Modern Poetry.” T. S. Eliot and the French Influence.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 112-128.

“Exploring Challenges and Opportunities of an Interdisciplinary, Dialogic and Reflexive Approach to Teaching Literature in Higher Education.” With William Douglas Baker. Pedagogies: An International Journal 10.1 (2015): 38-53.

“Muriel Rukeyser’s Presumptions.” JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory 43.4 (Fall 2013): 247-257.

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

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

“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.