Graduate Students in American Literature
I'm currently writing my dissertation on America's Federal Theatre Project, with focus on the Project's dramas of Depression-era poverty. My general interests include 20th c. American theater and literature, working-class labor history, Depression-era culture, and theories of archival research.
I am an entering student in the M.A./Ph.D. Program this Fall semester at UMass and a recent alumnus of The University of North Texas, where I double majored in English (with a focus in Literature) and Social Sciences with a minor in Chinese. As a McNair Scholar, I have conducted research on the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, focusing on an interpretation of the exoteric/esoteric levels of meaning that link the author’s prefaces to his romances. I have presented this research project at several different conferences and am interested in continuing to work on this project, but also consider myself open to taking up new projects in the general area of American Literature that engages with politics and citizenship.
I am beginning my fourth year in the program and am studying post-World War II gay poets, Gay Liberation poets, contemporary gay poets, and queer poetics. I hope to begin my dissertation soon. I am the author of the debut collection of poems, Love-In-Idleness (Brooklyn Arts Press), which was a finalist for this year’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. I have also published Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press). I hold an MFA from Emerson College and am a longtime associate editor for The Gay & Lesbian Review-Worldwide. My poems, reviews, and interviews have been published widely.
Katherine (Kate) Marantz
I study mid- to late-twentieth-century American fiction. I focus on women's literature, gender and sexuality studies, and representations of space and the body. I am in my fourth year of coursework, and am also pursuing a Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies through the Women Gender Sexuality Studies department.
This will be my fourth year of the MA/PhD program; I'm planning to begin areas work in Spring 2013. My area exams and dissertation will likely focus on the politics of gender and sexuality in contemporary American poetics, with particular attention to the myriad of complex ways women poets theorize, resist, and subvert the influence of late capitalist ideology on sexual desire and identity via experimental approaches to language, content, and form. Poets whose writing interests me include Maggie Nelson, Harryette Mullen, Alice Notley, Lyn Hejinian, Bernadette Mayer, Adrienne Rich, Anne Waldman, and Eileen Myles, among others. I also plan to complete the graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies offered by the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department.