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Lisa Siraganian

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Siraganian English professor portraitLisa Siraganian is an Associate Professor of English and author of Modernism's Other Work:  The Art Object's Political Life (New York:  Oxford UP, 2012; paperback 2015), shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize (2013).  Her essays have appeared in Law and Literature, American Literary History, Modernism/Modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, and elsewhere.  She was recently awarded an ACLS Fellowship to complete her second book, "Against Corporate Humanism:  The Modernist Critique of Corporate Mind." 

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Courses taught

  • American Poetry, from 1945 to Twitter 

  • American Modernism: The Poem and the Poetics of Art
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • Literary History of Corporate Personhood

Areas of research

twentieth-century culture, visual art, avant-garde poetry and fiction, legal history, literary theory

Publications (selected)

  • “Art and Surrogate Personhood.” Special Issue: Art and Objecthood at 50. (Summer 2017).
  •  “Modernist Poetics After Twitter, Inc.” In The Contemporaneity of Modernism: Literature, Media, Culture. Ed. Michael D'Arcy and Mathias Nilges. Routledge, 2015. 203-215.
  •  “Don’t Let Me Be Universal; or, the Postwar American Poem.” Issue #16: Situation. (Summer 2015).
  •  “Theorizing Corporate Intentionality in Contemporary American Fiction.” Law and Literature 27:1 (Spring 2015): 99-123.
  •  “Speculating on an Art Movement: Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.” Modern Fiction Studies 59:3 (Fall 2013): 591-609.




New Directions Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2015-2018).

American Council for Learned Societies [ACLS] Fellowship (2015-2016).

Ford Research Fellowship (SMU 2015).

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Visiting Fellowship. (2011-2012).