Walter Kalaidjian, Professor

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At Emory Since:


B.A., Kenyon College
Ph.D., University of Illinois 



American Culture Between the Wars Cambridge Companion to American Modernism
The Edge of Modernism modern american poetry


Walter Kalaidjian (B.A. Kenyon College; Ph.D. University of Illinois) is Professor of English at Emory University. He has authored four books on 20th-Century American literature, and he is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to American Modernism and the Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry. His research and teaching focus on transnational modern and contemporary literature and culture specializing in poetics, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Andrew Mellon Foundation, Professor Kalaidjian in his forthcoming research explores textual linkages among globalization, terrorism, and extraordinary experience.

Selected Publications:

  •  “A Century of Violence:  Revisiting the Armenian Genocide.”  Los Angeles Review of Books.  21 May. 2016. 
  • The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry.  New York, NY:  Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • "Left Poetry."  A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Eds. David E. Chinitz and Gail McDonald.  Chichester, West Sussex, UK:  Wiley Blackwell, 2014:  267-280.
  • "Traversing Psychosis: Lacan, Topology, and `The Jet-Propelled Couch'."  American Imago, Vol. 69, No. 2 (Summer 2012): 185-213.
  • "'The Pardon of Speech':  The Psychoanalysis of Modern American Poetry."  TheOxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry.  Ed. Cary Nelson.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2012:  425-460.
  • "Genocide, Modernism, and American Verse."  Poetry and Cultural Studies:  A Reader. Ed. Maria Damon and Ira Livingston.  Urbana, IL:  University of Illinois Press, 2009:  390-405.
  • "Incoming: Globalization, Disaster, Poetics." South Atlantic Quarterly 4 (Fall 2007): 825-848.
  • "Josephine Baker, Performance, and the Traumatic Real." Scholar and Feminist Online, Barnard Center for Research on Women 6.1-6.2 (Fall 2007)
  • The Edge of Modernism:  American Poetry and the Traumatic Past.  Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
  • The Cambridge Companion to American Modernism.  New York, NY:  Cambridge   University Press, 2005.
  • American Culture Between the Wars:  Revisionary Modernism and Postmodern Critique. New York, NY:  Columbia University Press, 1994.
  • Languages of Liberation: The Social Text in Contemporary American Poetry. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1989.
  • Understanding Theodore Roethke. ;Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1987. Published in the Understanding Contemporary American Literature series, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli