Mike Webster

Department of English

Language and Literature

4009 JHZ
(616) 331-3071

Mike Webster

ENG 204 World Mythology
ENG 215 Foundations of Literary Study: Genre
ENG 226 American Literature II
ENG 382 Literature and the Environment
HNR 214/224 American Civilization

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
The 'small eye poet' from Imagism to 'not numerable whom'." Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society 21-22 (2014-2015): 106-118. 

"Cummings Rewrites Eliot." T. S. Eliot, France, and the Mind of Europe. Ed. Jayme Stayer. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 75-91.

"Plotting the Evolution of a r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r." Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society 20 (2013): 116-143.

"E. E. Cummings." A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Ed. David Chinitz and Gail McDonald. Chichester, U.K. / Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. 494-504. 

"Lugete: The Divine Lost and Found Child in Cummings." Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society 19 (2012): 37-49. Print and Web

“Three Memorials: Rushworth M. Kidder, John Edwin Cowen, and Robert Wegner.” Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society 19 (2012): 8-16. 

“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 Society 14-15 (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