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Linda A. Kinnahan, Ph.D.

Professor and Hillman Endowed Chair
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 623
Phone: 412.396.6440


Ph.D., English, University of Notre Dame, 1991
M.A., English, James Madison University, 1986
B.S., Art & English, James Madison University, 1978


Lyric Interventions:Feminism, Experimental Poetry, and Contemporary Discourse.  Iowa City: Iowa University Press, 2004.

Poetics of the Feminine:Authority and Literary Tradition in William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, Denise Levertov, and Kathleen Fraser. New York: Cambridge UP, 1994.

Mina Loy, Photography, and Contemporary Women Poets. Routledge, Spring 2017.

Feminist Modernism, Poetics, and the New Economy: Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, & Marianne Moore (Routledge, forthcoming)

Editor, A Cambridge History of 20th-Century American Women Poets. Cambridge University Press, 2016. 

Journal Articles or Essays in Books

"Adrienne Rich's Snapshots of a Daughter-In-Law: The Postwar Photo and Feminist Reframing." Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich, and the Feminist Superhero: Voice, Vision, Politics and Performance in U.S. Contemporary Women's Poetry. Ed. Laura Hinton. New York: Little and Rowman (2016)

"The Category of ‘Woman Poet'." The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry. Ed. Linda A. Kinnahan. London and New York: Cambridge University Press. (2016)."

Feminist Poetics: First-Wave Feminism, Theory, and Modernist Women Poets" Literature and the Development of Feminist Theory. Ed. Robin Truth Goodman. London and New York: Cambridge UP (2015): 54-68.

"Economics and Gender in Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, and Marianne Moore."The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson. London and New York: Oxford University Press. (2011) 

"British Experimentation and Women: Interview with Caroline Bergvall." Contemporary Women's Writing 5.3 (Fall 2011): 1-29.

"Postmodernism and the Language of Poetry: Feminism's Experimental 'work at the language-face'." The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women's Poetry. Ed. Jane Dowson. Cambridge University Press, 2011: 254-279.

"The Internationalized Midwest in the Poetry of John Matthias." The Salt Companion to John Matthias. Ed. Joe Francis Doerr. London: Salt Publishing, 2011: 44-63.  

 "An Incremental Shaping: Kathleen Fraser and a Visual Poetics in Discrete Categories Forced Into Coupling." Contemporary Women's Writing 4.1 (March 2010): 1-23.

"Lyric, Self, and Subjectivity in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry by Women." A Concise Companion to Post-War British and Irish Poetry. Eds. Charles Blanton and Nigel Alderman. Wiley-Blackwell  Publishing, 2009. 176-199.

"Modernist Moments, Feminist Mappings." The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English. Eds. Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson. Edinburgh University Press, July 2006: 23-34.

 "Introduction: American Women Poets of the Fifties." Sagetrieb: Poetry and Poetics After Modernism 19.3 (Fall 2006), Special Issue: Women Poets of the Fifties: 3-10.

 "Feminist Experimental Poetics in America and England." Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally, ed. Romana Huk. New Hampshire: Wesleyan University Press, 2003: 275-283.

"Bodies Written Off: Economies of Race and Gender in the Visual/Verbal Collaborative Clash of Erica Hunt and Alison Saar's Arcade."  "We Who Love to Be Astonished:  Experimental Feminist Poetics and Performance Art, eds. Laura Hinton and Cynthia Hogue. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series, 2002: 165-180. 

"Denise Riley's Lyric Innovation." Poetry Review (England), 2002.

"A Peculiar Hybrid: The Feminist Project of HOW(ever)."  HOW2 1.5 (March 2001). 

"Reading Barbara Guest."  The Scene of Our Selves: New Work on the New York School Poets, eds. Terence Diggory and Stephen Paul Miller. Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 2001: 229-244.

"Now I am Alien: Immigration and the Discourse of Nation in the Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy." Contemporary Women's Poetry:  Reading/ Writing/ Practice, eds. Alison Mark and Deryn Rees-Jones. London: Macmillan, 2000: 208-225.

"Experimental Poetics and the Lyric in British Women's Poetry: Geraldine Monk, Wendy Mulford, and Denise Riley."  Contemporary Literature 37.4 (Winter 1996): 620-670.

"'Look for the doing words': Carol Ann Duffy and Questions of Convention. Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Criticism and Theory, eds. James Acheson and Romana Huk. Buffalo: SUNY UP, 1996: 245-268. 

"History and the Textual Process: 'To discover woman' in William Carlos Williams' Prose and Early Poetry." William Carlos Williams Review 20.2 (Fall 1994): 30-51.

 "'A Seizure of Voice': Language Innovation and a Feminist Poetics in the Works of Kathleen Fraser."  Contemporary Literature 33.2 (Summer 1992): 337-372. (appears under the name of Linda A. Taylor)

 "Mina Loy and William Carlos Williams: Lines of Contact."  William Carlos Williams Review 16.2 (Fall 1990): 26-47. (appears under the name of Linda A. Taylor) 

Digital Humanities Project

Conference Organization


Specific Areas of Teaching Competence

Contemporary and Modernist Poetry & Poetics (British & American), Women's Poetry, Poetry and Visual Culture, Feminist Theory, American Modernism, Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, African-American Literature, Creative Writing, Poetry Workshop


Book Projects in Process:

I am currently working on several book projects:

-      Modernism and the Gendering of Economics: Women's Writing, Cultural Forms, and Economic Theory is a study of the textual exploration of early twentieth-century shifts in socio-economic structures and rhetoric within the works of Marianne Moore, Lola Ridge, and Mina Loy. 

-      Mina Loy Among the Photographers situates Loy's poetry within the contexts of several photography movements of the twentieth century: modernist portraiture; Surrealist photography; documentary photography; and photojournalism.

-      Contemporary Poetry and/as Visual Culture examines the work of several American and British poets whose recent work explores technologies of visual culture particular to the post-World War II era.  

Professional Affiliations

Associate Editor, POETRY, Journal of Contemporary Writing by Women (Oxford UP)

Editorial Advisory Board, HOW(2), how2journal, HOW(2) is an on-line journal devoted to women's innovative writing, composed of critical articles and creative work. 

Advisory Board, University of Iowa Series on North American Poetry


Linda A. Kinnahan is Professor of English and Hillman Endowed Chair. Since 1990, she has taught courses in the undergraduate and graduate English and Women's and Gender Studies programs that focus on twentieth- and twenty first-century American and British literature, with particular interests in modernist and contemporary poetry, gender studies, and visual culture. In addition to multiple articles and book essays, her publications include two books on twentieth-century poetry, Poetics of the Feminine: Literary Tradition and Authority in William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, Denise Levertov, and Kathleen Fraser (Cambridge UP 1994) and Lyric Interventions: Feminist Experimental Poetry and Contemporary Social Discourse (Iowa UP 2004). 

Currently exploring interdisciplinary contexts for discussing poetry, she is working on several books, including: Modernist Poetry and the Gendering of Economics, which focuses on modernist women poets (Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, and Lola Ridge) in relationship to the interactive dynamics of economics and visual culture in the early twentieth century; Mina Loy Among the Photographers, which situates Loy's poetry within the contexts of several photography movements of the twentieth century, including modernist portraiture, Surrealist photography, documentary photography, and photojournalism; and Contemporary Poetry and/as Visual Culture, which examines the work of several American and British poets whose recent work explores technologies of visual culture particular to the post-World War II era.