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Andrew Osborn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English  Andrew Osborn
Location:  Braniff 314
Office Phone:  972-721-4087


A.B., Harvard University
M.F.A., University of Iowa - Writers' Workshop
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Selected Scholarship and Reviews

"Difficulty." The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th Ed. Eds. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012. 364-66.

"Like Animals, Like Love."  Rev. of  The Lions, by Peter Campion, Never-Ending Birds, by David Baker, and Horse and Rider, by Melissa Range.  Spoon River Poetry Review 35.2 (2010): 94-123.

"Habits of Thought, Inhabitings of Possibility: An Interview with John Koethe." Southwest Review 92.1 (2007): 52-81.

"'A Little Hard to See': Wittgenstein, Stevens, and the Uses of Unclarity." Wallace Stevens Journal 28.1 (2004): 59-80.

"August Kleinzahler: Interview." Verse 17.2-3/18.1 (2001): 165-90. Rpt. in The Verse Book of Interviews: 27 Poets on Language, Craft & Culture. Amherst, Mass.: Verse, 2005. 30-55.

Admit Impediment:  The Use of Difficulty in Twentieth-Century American Poetry.  Diss. University of Texas at Austin, 2001. Ann Arbor:  UMI, 2001. AAT 3008413.

"Skirmishes on the Border: The Evolution and Function of Paul Muldoon's Fuzzy Rhyme." Contemporary Literature 41.2 (2000): 323-58. Rpt. in Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form. Ed. Annie Finch and Susan M. Schultz (Textos, 2008): 259-303.

"Street-Smart Swagger and Tendresse." Rev. of  Green Sees Things in Waves, by August Kleinzahler. Notre Dame Review 10  (2000):  153-58.

"Poirier's Latest Push." Rev. of Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other Performances, by Richard Poirier.  Iowa Review 30.1 (2000): 171-77.

Rev. of Swarm, by Jorie Graham. Boston Review 25.1  (2000): 56-58.

Rev. of My Way: Speeches and Poems, by Charles Bernstein. Chicago Review 45.3/4 (1999): 173-77. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism 142.

Rev. of On a Stair, by Ann Lauterbach. Boston Review 23.6 (1998-99): 55-57.



Plato's Aviary.  Ridgefield, Conn.: Aldrich, 2003.

Poems published in American Letters & Commentary, Bat City Review, Colorado Review, ColumbiaDenver Quarterly, Erato, Fence, Graham House ReviewNotre Dame Review, Southwest Review (Morton Marr Poetry Prize for 2008), and Spoon River Poetry Review. Also: online through the Blanton Poetry Project and Verse Daily.

Recent Courses
Literary Tradition I (Iliad, Odyssey; Aeneid; Beowulf; Gawain)
Literary Tradition II (Divine Comedy; Paradise Lost; Lyric )
Literary Tradition III (Fifth-century Athenian, Medieval, and Elizabethan drama)
Literary Tradition IV (Mansfield Park; Moby-Dick; Crime & Punishment; Go Down, Moses; short fiction)
Literary Study I: Lyric ("Junior Poet")
Twentieth-Century Literature
Twentieth-Century Poetry by the Book
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Narrative Fiction
Lyric Theory
Modern Irish Poetry


Research Interests
Lyric poetry and theory
Literary difficulty
Modernism and postmodernism
Pragmatism and ordinary language philosophy
20th-century Irish poetry
The sublime


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