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Office: Norman Mayer Rm 237
Phone: (504) 862-8178
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Michelle Kohler

Associate Professor of English

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Michelle Kohler is an Associate Professor of English specializing in nineteenth-century American literature with emphases on transcendentalism, poetry and poetics, literary realism, and the poems of Emily Dickinson. Her first book, Miles of Stare: Transcendentalism and the Problem of Literary Vision in Nineteenth-Century America (U of Alabama P, 2014), studies the historical emergence and influence of the Transcendentalists' strained visual metaphors for writing and traces their subsequent treatments in the hands of other nineteenth-century American writers, including Douglass, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Howells. Her articles on Emily Dickinson, Sarah Winnemucca, and other nineteenth-century American writers have appeared in the Emily Dickinson Journal, Nineteenth-Century Literature, American Literary Realism, and Arizona Quarterly, and her essay on transcendentalism and women's poetry is forthcoming in A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2016).

She is currently working on a new book about Dickinson and mid-nineteenth-century American constructions of time and timekeeping, and is editing The New Dickinson, a collection of essays representing the newest, most forward-looking work on Dickinson's poetry (forthcoming from Cambridge UP in 2017).

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