Jennifer Ashton

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: English
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 1912 University Hall Phone: 312-413-2233
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    contemporary American poetry, literary theory, aesthetic theory

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 2

    Qualifications of a Student:
    English or Art History majors preferred, junior standing or above, minimum GPA 3.2, English student prerequisites: ENGL 240, ENGL 243, and preferably at least one poetry course (e.g. 103, 210, 303, 437, 490), but I am willing to consider working with well-qualified and engaged students who do not meet these preferences.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    I am working on a scholarly book on very recent American poetry and literary theory. I am looking for a research assistant who is interested in contemporary poetry and theory -- possibly with the aim of going on to a graduate program in English. The work will consist above all in gathering online references (especially in blogs, tweets, and online literary magazines) to a number of younger contemporary poets. I will also need help collecting PDF files of recent scholarly articles related to this project, so a student who is comfortable using the MLA Bibliography, JSTOR, Project Muse and other online scholarly databases will be very helpful. Finally, I will require some gathering of printed materials (books, copies of articles in bound journals, etc.) from the UIC library. The ideal assistant will have an interest in reading and discussing some of the poetic work and scholarly work that he or she will be helping me to collect.

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