Mike Webster

Department of English

Language and Literature

129 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3071
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Mike Webster

ENG 204 World Mythology
ENG 226 American Literature II
ENG 320 Studies in Poetry
ENG 382 Nature Writing
ENG 383 "Make it New": Literary Modernism

Research Interests
As a scholar, I am active in exploring what James Joyce might term the "chaosmos" of modern poetry, especially poetry written in various visual modes. As a reader and seer of visual-verbal conjunctions, I am also interested in the literary and linguistic phenomenon known as iconicity, or form miming meaning. I am currently coordinator of the E. E. Cummings Society, as well as serving as editor of the society's journal, Spring, in both its print and online versions.

Recent Publications
“Three Memorials: Rushworth M. Kidder, John Edwin Cowen, and Robert Wegner.” Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society 19 (2012): 8-16. “Lugete: The Divine Lost and Found Child in Cummings,” Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society 19 (2012): 37-49.

“Pound Teaching Cummings, Cummings Teaching Pound,” Ezra Pound and Education. Eds. Steven Yao and Michael Coyle. Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation, 2012. 47-66. "Cummings's Silent Numerical Iconic Prosody." Media inter Media: Essays in Honor of Claus Clüver. Ed. Stephanie Glaser. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. 423-438.

Review of Isabelle Alfandary's E. E. Cummings, ou la minuscule lyrique in Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society 16 (2007): 176-181.

"Postfazione." E. E. Cummings: Poesie D’Amore. Trans. Salvatore Di Giacomo. Firenze: Le Lettere, 2009. 127-133.

"The Enormous Room: A Dada of One's Own," Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society14-15 (2005-2006): 127-140.

"'floating particles of paper': E. E. Cummings' Collage Poems," Cahiers Charles V 34 (September 2003): 51-73. [Collage / Montage / Assemblage: Poésie Anglaise et Américaine Ed. Paul Volsik]


B.A., DePauw University
M.A., Boston University
Ph.D., Indiana University

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