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Jessica Luck

Jessica L Luck

Department Chair,


Department Chair
Office Phone(909) 537-5834
Office LocationUH-318


Ph.D. English Literature, Indiana University
M.A. English Literature Wake Forest University
M.S. Teaching and Curriculum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A. English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Graduate Literature & Theory Courses

Critical Approaches to Literature – English 6000
Poetic Sound and Performance – English 6010
Poetry and Disability – English 6010
Experimental Poetry and Poetics – English 6010

Undergraduate Literature & Theory Courses

Disability in Literary Study – English 5150
Garbage in Contemporary Literature – English 5150
Experimental Poetry and Poetics – English 4400
Post-War American Poetries – English 4430
Modern American Poetry – English 4420
Confessional Poetry – English 4400
Poetry and the Brain – English 4230
Literary Theory and Criticism – English 3750
Historical Approaches to American Literature – English 2250
Poetry and Disability – English 3190
Analysis of Poetry & Drama – English 3010


Contemporary American Poetry, Experimental Poetry and Poetics, Disability Studies

Research and Teaching Interests


Poetics of Cognition: Thinking through Experimental Poems (2023) University of Iowa Press, series on Contemporary North American Poetry.

"Prosthetic Poetics: Contemporary Poetry of Disability," chapter in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Contemporary American Poetry, 2023, edited by Steven Axelrod and Craig Svonkin.

Proprio-spection: The Poetics of Medical Imaging.” Amodern 10: Disability Poetics Issue, December 2020.

Review of Letters to Jargon: The Correspondence Between Larry Eigner & Jonathan Williams by Andrew Rippeon. Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. 13. (2019). 

“New Aesthetic Criticism: Lyric Poetry and the Brain.” Book review of Lyric Poetry and the Brain by Nikki Skillman. Contemporary Literature 57.4 (2016).

Isn’t the Pedagogical Always Avant-Garde?” Cluster on Teaching Modern Poetry at Modernism/Modernity’s Print Plus platform. March 2, 2016.       

“Larry Eigner and the Phenomenology of Projected Verse.” Contemporary Literature 53.3 (2012): 461-92. Winner of the L.S. Dembo Prize for the best article published in the journal in 2012.

“Crossing the Corpus Callosum: The Musical Phenomenology of Lisa Jarnot.” Reading the Difficulties: Dialogues with Contemporary Innovative Poetry. Eds Thomas Fink and Judith Halden-Sullivan. University of Alabama Press, 2014.

“Lyric Underheard: The Printed Voice of Laura Redden Searing.” Special issue on “Women Writing Disability.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 30.1 (2013): 62-81.

Disability, Poetry, Pedagogy.” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature 4.2 (2010).

“Sound Mind: Josephine Dickinson’s Deaf Poetics.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 42.1 (2009). 169-82.

“Entries on a Post-Language Poetics in Harryette Mullen’s Dictionary.” Contemporary Literature 49.3 (2008): 357-82.

“Exploring ‘the mind of the hive’: Embodied Cognition in Sylvia Plath’s Bee Poems.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 26.2 (2007). 287-308.