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Literature at MIT | Stephen Tapscott

Stephen Tapscott

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Stephen Tapscott
Professor

14N-416
tapscott@mit.edu
617-253-4148

Stephen Tapscott is a poet whose fields of interest include creative writing (poetry, experimental prose), poetry as a literary genre, and translation. His academic interests include North American writing [especially Walt Whitman, Anglo-American Modernists, writers since WWII], Latin American poetry, world poetries in Russian, German, and Polish; autobiography; gender studies and queer studies; photography and other visual arts.

He’s published five books of poems and a book of criticism (on Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams). In recent years he’s edited an anthology of Latin American Poetry, and translated books by Pablo Neruda (One Hundred Love Sonnets), Jan Twardowski (God Asks for Love), Wislawa Szymborska (The End and the Beginning), and Gabriela Mistral (Selected Prose and Prose Poems).

Poetry and poetics; 20th-century American literature and culture; Modernism; Theory and practice of translation; 20th-century Central European and Latin American poetry; creative writing

Selected Publications

Another Body [poems] Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1989
http://www.amazon.com/Another-Body-Poetry-No-Xxvii/dp/0914946757/

From the Book of Changes [poems] Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Changes-Stephen-Tapscott/dp/0887483690/

Pablo Neruda, Cien sonetos de amor / 100 Love Sonnets [translation] University of Texas Press, 1996
http://www.amazon.com/100-Love-Sonnets-sonetos-American/dp/0292760280/

Selected Prose and Prose Poems of Gabriela Mistral [edition/translation] University of Texas Press, 2004
http://www.amazon.com/Selected-American-Literature-Translation-Anderson/dp/0292752660/

20th Century Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology
University of Texas Press, 1996
http://www.amazon.com/Twentieth-Century-Latin-American-Poetry-Anthology/dp/0292781407/

…and recent essays on the short poems of A. R. Ammons; T.S. Eliot’s use of Dante; Pablo Neruda and the diaries of Christopher Columbus; and the stop-action photographs of Eadweard Muybridge.

Subjects taught the current academic year:

21L.004 Reading Poetry (Fall 2013)

21L.018 Introduction to English Literature: Comedy, Irony, Satire, Farce, and Silly Walks (Spring 2014)

21L.487 Modern Poetry (Fall 2013)

21L.704 Studies in Poetry: "Word Over All": Walt Whitman and World Poetry (Spring 2014)