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Vanderborg, Susan 1967-

VANDERBORG, Susan 1967-


Born April 7, 1967, in NY. Education: Yale University, B.A., 1989; Stanford University, Ph.D., 1996.


Office—Department of English, University of South Carolina—Columbia, Columbia, SC 29208. E-mail—[email protected].


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.


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."

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