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Profile: Laurence Goldstein

Title: Professor
Ph.D., Brown  1970

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3155 AH


MW 9-10 & 11:30-12; TH 2-4








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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Los Angeles as a literary subject, and the representation of cities in general; modern and contemporary poetry; the relation of technology and literature; film (especially fiction and poetry about movies and movie-making); creative writing; classical myth and modern literature; William Faulkner; Romantic literature; topics associated with Wordsworth: landscape, nostalgia, reverie, ruins, the French Revolution and its impact; autobiography and memoir

Secondary Interests

Journals and journalism: how they influence language and literary structure. The literature of war and violence.


Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City (University of Michigan Press, 2014); Writing Ann Arbor: A Literary Anthology (editor, University of Michigan Press, 2005); A Room in California (2005); Robert Hayden: Essays on the Poetry (Coeditor with Robert Chrisman, 2001); The Movies: Texts, Receptions, Exposures (coeditor with Ira Konigsberg, University of Michigan Press, 1996); Cold Reading (Copper Beech Press, 1995); The Male Body (editor, University of Michigan Press, 1994); The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History (University of Michigan Press, 1994); The Female Body (editor, University of Michigan Press, 1991); Seasonal Performances: A Michigan Quarterly Review Reader (editor, University of Michigan Press, 1991); Writers and their Craft (co-editor with Nicholas Delbanco; Wayne State University Press, 1991); The Three Gardens (Copper Beech Press, 1987); The Flying Machine and Modern Literature (Indiana University Press, 1986); The Automobile and American Culture (co-editor with D.L. Lewis; University of Michigan Press, 1983); Altamira (Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1978); Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1977). Many poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews.
  • Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City
  • A Room in California
  • Writing Ann Arbor: A Literary Anthology

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