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Dr. Marjorie Perloff

Presidential Fellow


Marjorie Perloff is Sadie D. Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita at Stanford University. She is also Florence Scott Professor Emerita of English at the University of Southern California.  

She is the author of many books on 20th and 21st century Poetry and Poetics, including, Frank O’Hara: Poet among Painters (1977), The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage (1981), The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (1986, new edition, 1994), Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary (1996), 21st Century Modernism (2002), Unoriginal Genius: Writing by Other Means in the New Century (2011),  and Poetics in a New Key (2014), a collection of interviews and essays.  Her most recent book (April 2016) is Edge of Irony:  Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire, which enlarges on the theme of her 2004 memoir The Vienna Paradox.   

The 2006 President of the MLA and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Philosophical Society of America, Perloff has held many visiting Chairs and fellowships; this past April she was the first Wittgenstein Guest Professor at Innsbruck University in Austria, where she also received an honorary degree.