Jeff Dolven teaches poetry and poetics, especially of the English Renaissance. His first book, Scenes of Instruction, considers poetry’s entanglement with schooling at the end of the sixteenth century. He is presently at work on a study of literary style in the sixteenth and twentieth centuries (How to Do Things with Style) and a short history of the English sentence (The Sentence: An Autobiography). His articles and essays—on Renaissance metrics, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare’s reading, Fairfield Porter, player pianos, and other subjects—have appeared in such publications as English Literary Renaissance, Representations, Modern Philology, Southwest Review, Raritan, and Cabinet. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The TLS, The Yale Review, and elsewhere, and a volume, Speculative Music, is forthcoming in the summer of 2013.
Professor Dolven is also the director of the new Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM), and an Editor at Large at Cabinet magazine and The American Reader.