Vanderborg, Susan 1967-
VANDERBORG, Susan 1967-
University of South Carolina—Columbia, Columbia, SC, member of faculty, 1996—, currently associate professor of English.
Modern Language Association of America.
Paratextual Communities: American Avant-Garde Poetry since 1950, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 2001.
Contributor to periodicals, including Modern Language Quarterly, Sagetrieb, Talisman, and How2.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
A critical study of the genre of book-poems.
Susan Vanderborg told CA: "My field of research is postmodern poetry and poetics. Paratextual Communities: American Avant-Garde Poetry since 1950 focuses on the post-World War II American avant-garde, examining the complementary relation between difficult, disjunctive poems and their paratexts—the notes, creative essays, and source documents that help to contextualize the poetry for readers. I compare these contemporary paratexts with the manifestos of the early-twentieth-century avant-gardes.
"My next book project will explore the genre of 'book-poems,' long poetic sequences that experiment with the epistemological and structural conventions of the codex in order to challenge the concept of the book as a tool to communicate accessible information."