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Michael W. Bibby

Department Chair
Office: DHC 126
(717) 477-1723


B.A., Ohio State University (1979);

M.A., Creative Writing (Poetry), University of Minnesota (1990);

Ph.D., Concentration: 20th-century American poetry and Theory, University of Minnesota (1993).

Teaching Interests:

  • Post-1900 American poetry
  • Vietnam-era poetry
  • Poetry and political activism
  • Literary and cultural theory
  • American literature
  • African American poetry
  • Subcultural studies

Undergraduate Courses Taught: 

Current Projects:

Featured Publications: 


Hearts and Minds: Bodies, Poetry, and Resistance in the Vietnam Era (Rutgers UP, 1996)

Ed., The Vietnam War and Postmodernity (U Massachusetts P, 2000)

Ed. with Lauren Goodlad, Goth: Undead Subculture (Duke UP, 2007)

Chapters & Articles: 

"Body Poetry Torn Asunder: (Dis)Figuring the Vietnam War in Michael Harper's Debridement," Journal of Ethnic American Literature 6 (2016): 22-38. 

"The Disinterested and Fine: New Negro Renaissance Poetry and the Racial Formation of Modernist Studies. "Modernism/Modernity 20 (2013): 485-502.

 "What is ‘innovative’ after 9-11-01?: Reflections from the MSA 01 Conference,” In-Conference, ed. Elizabeth Frost and Linda Kinnahan, How2: Contemporary Innovative Writing by Women 1.7 (Spring 2002).

"Insurgent Poetry and the Ideology of the Poetic," in Poetics/Politics, ed. Amitava Kumar (St. Martin's Press, 1999), 135-54.

"Fragging the Chains of Command: GI Resistance Poetry and Mutilation," The Journal of American Culture 16 (Fall 1993): 29-38.

"'Where is Vietnam?': Antiwar Poetry and the Canon," College English 55 (Feb. 1993): 158-178.

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