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Jonathan Beck Monroe


Jonathan Beck Monroe

Klarman Hall, Room 305

Educational Background

Davidson College, B.A.
University of Oregon, Ph.D.





Professor of Comparative Literature and a member of the Graduate Fields of Comparative Literature, English, and Romance Studies, Jonathan Monroe has served several terms as Comparative Literature’s Director of Graduate Studies. 

Working in English, French, German, and Spanish, with a focus especially on Europe and the Americas from the Age of Revolution to the 20th and 21st centuries, aesthetics and politics, history and literary history, philosophy and critical theory, and genre and media studies, he is the author most recently of Framing Roberto Bolaño. Poetry, Fiction, Literary History, Politics (Cambridge University Press, Fall 2019), and editor of Roberto Bolaño in Context (Cambridge University Press, under contract). Other recent publications, from a book-length project nearing completion, include articles and chapter contributions on "Genre”; "Philosophy, Poetry, Parataxis”; and "Urgent Matter.” Author of A Poverty of Objects: The Prose Poem and the Politics of Genre; and co-author and editor of Writing and Revising the Disciplines; Local Knowledges, Local Practices: Writing in the Disciplines at CornellPoetry Community, Movement; and Poetics of Avant-Garde Poetries, he has published widely on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, innovative poetries of the past two centuries, avant-garde movements and their contemporary legacies, writing and disciplinary practices, and interdisciplinary approaches in literary and cultural studies. In addition to Demosthenes’ Legacy, a book of prose poems and short fiction, he has published poetry and cross-genre writing in numerous journals, including The American Poetry ReviewEpochHarvard Review/nor New Ohio ReviewVerseVolt, and Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics

A Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholar Outstanding Educator, he has served as a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee on Appointments, and currently of the Agenda committee, in the College of Arts & Sciences; as a member of the steering committee for the Institute for German Cultural Studies and the University Appeals Committee; and as Chair of the University’s Humanities Graduate Fellowship Board.  During his time as Director of Cornell’s John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, the Knight Institute’s work led Time and The Princeton Review to name Cornell their "Research University of the Year.”  A former DAAD and ACLS Fellow, he served several years as a member of the IIEE's national Fulbright selection committee.  

In Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, following such recent courses as “Introduction to Comparative Literature,” “Great Short Works,” “Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,” and “Global Avant-Gardes,” he will be teaching “Reading Films,” “Poetry’s Image,” "Poetry and Poetics of the Americas," and “Postcolonial Poetries and the Poetics of Relation.”


  • Romance Studies
  • Literatures in English
  • Comparative Literature

Graduate Fields

  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Romance Studies


  • Innovative, experimental, alternative poetries of the past two centuries
  • Avant-garde movements and their contemporary legacies
  • Poetry and the poetics of difference, poetry and the public sphere
  • The prose poem and cross-genre writing
  • Writing and disciplinary practices
  • Interdisciplinary approaches in literary and cultural studies.


Fall 2021



Framing Roberto Bolaño. Poetry, Fiction, Literary History, Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Fall 2019.
Roberto Bolaño in Context. Editor and co-author. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract.
Demosthenes’ Legacy (prose poems, short fiction). Tokyo and Toronto: Ahadada Books, 2009.
Local Knowledges, Local Practices: Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell. Editor and co-author. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003; second edition, 2006.
Writing and Revising the Disciplines. Editor and co-author. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.
A Poverty of Objects: The Prose Poem and the Politics of Genre. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.



Appositional Poetics: Poetry Among the Discourses
Postcolonial Poetry and the Poetics of Relation


Poetics of Avant-Garde Poetries II. “Aftershock: Poetry and Cultural Politics Since 1989.” Editor and co-author. Poetics Today 21.1 (Spring 2000).
Poetry, Community, Movement. Editor and co-author. Diacritics 26.3–4 (Fall–Winter 1996).


“Genre.” Literature Now—Key Terms and Methods for Literary History. Ed. Sascha Bru, Ben de Bruyn & Michel Delville. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016, 252-264 and 296-298.
“Urgent Matter.” “What Is a Thing?” Special issue of Konturen. Ed. Nicholas Reynolds and Jeffrey S. Librett. Vol 8, 2015, 8-39.
“Los amores y juegos del joven Berger” (on Roberto Bolaño’s El Tercer Reich). In Bolaño salvaje. Ed. Edmundo Paz Soldán y Gustavo Faverón Patriau. Canet de Mar (Barcelona): Editorial Candaya, 2ndn nd edition, 2013, 487-506.
“Autrement dire : La poussée vers l'abstraction de Rosmarie Waldrop.” In Dossier: Lorrine Niedecker-Alejandra Pizarnik- Rosmarie Waldrop. Cahier critique de poésie. Ed. Jean Daive. Marseille: Centre international de poésie. Collection, Cahier critique de poésie. Paris: Gallimard, No. 26, 2013, 86-89.
“Composite Cultures, Chaos Wor(l)ds” (on Edouard Glissant). In Tradition, Trauma, Translation: The Classic and the Modern. Ed. Timothy Mathews and Jan Parker. Oxford University Press, 2011, 155-174.
“Philosophy, Poetry, Parataxis.” In Philosophy as a Literary Art: Making Things Up. Ed. Costica Bradatan. New York and London: Routledge, 2014; rpt. from The European Legacy 14 (5), 2009, 599-611; Rpt. from The European Legacy 14.5 (2009), 599-611.
“Every Person, Many Studies.” ADFL Bulletin 42.2 (2013), 13-20.
Demosthenes’ Legacy: fragments traduits en français par Christine Pagnoulle. In “Dossier / La prose des poètes.” Ed. Michel Delville. Culture. Liège: Université de Liège, February, 2016, 
")Writing Writing(." Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary. Ed. Joan Retallack and Juliana Spahr. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 64-79.
”"Index and Symptom: 'Connective' Reading, (Post-)Language Poetries, and Cultural Critique." Contemporary Literature 44.4 (Winter 2003), 748-770.


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