Anne Cavender

Professor, English

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M.A. and Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Washington

B.A., East Asian studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Middlebury College


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Research and Academic Interests

Aesthetics and ethics (China and the West); classical Chinese poetry and poetics; comparative poetics; American, British and Irish modernist writers; theories of reading and ethics.

Background Highlights

She has published and presented on topics including comparative theories of lyric poetry, classical Chinese theories of reading, modernist pedagogy, the modernist sublime, James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" and William Carlos Williams's "Paterson." Current projects include an essay on Williams's theory of reading in Book III of "Paterson" and a book-in-progress on the modernist sublime.


Courses Taught

Introduction to Chinese Literature

Chinese Nature Writing

Classical Chinese Poetry

Finnegans Wake Seminar

Literary Theory

Lyric Poetry: East-West


Single-Author Seminar: William Carlos Williams

Awards, Honors, Grants

Her work has been supported by grants from the Blakemore Foundation (1999-2000), the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2000-2002), the Freeman Foundation (2004), and a University of Redlands Faculty Research Grant (2007-2008).