Jeff Dolven

Jeff Dolven
Jeff Dolven
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Jeff Dolven teaches poetry and poetics, especially of the English Renaissance. He is the author of three books of criticism, Scenes of Instruction (Chicago 2007), Senses of Style (Chicago 2017), and the admittedly hasty Take Care (Cabinet 2017), as well as essays on a variety of subjects, including Renaissance metrics, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare’s reading, Fairfield Porter, and player pianos. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals in the US and the UK and are collected in a volume, Speculative Music (Sarabande 2013). He is also an editor-at-large at Cabinet magazine, and was the founding director of Princeton’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM).

Dolven’s undergraduate classes include lectures on Shakespeare and on early English literature, and seminars on the work of Edmund Spenser and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry. As Behrman Professor of the Humanities, he will direct the Humanities Sequence in 2017-2018. He has taught graduate courses on sixteenth-century lyric, Renaissance romance, and Shakespeare’s language, as well as co-teaching courses for IHUM including “Critique and Its Discontents,” “Experience,” and “Style and Rule.”

Selected Publications: 


Senses of Style. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Take Care. Brooklyn: Cabinet Books, 2017.

Speculative Music. Louisville: Sarabande, 2013.

Scenes of Instruction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Five articles:

Besides Good and Evil.  Studies in English Literature 51.1 (2017): 1-22

Disjunct Quatrains. The Chicago Review 58 (2014): 147-153.

Critique and Imitation. English Language Notes 51 (2013): 123-27.

Panic’s Castle. Representations 120 (2012): 1-16.

Styles of Disjunction. Southwest Review 92 (2010): 116-31.

Five poems:

from A New English Grammar. The Paris Review 215 (Winter 2015).

The Custom of the Country. Harper’s (August 2015).

Discretion Is the Very Soul of Your Pants Pocket. Paris Review 211 (Winter 2014).

Rituals. The New Yorker (April 2, 2012).

Filing Form 3526. Cabinet 36 (Winter 2009-10).