Professor Seth Perlow

Seth Perlow, Assistant Teaching Professor, English and American Studies

Seth Perlow specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary US literature, poetry and poetics, new media studies, and critical theory. His research and teaching are particularly focused on avant-garde US poetry since 1945, the cultural history of electronics, and postmodern US fiction. 

His book project, The Poem Electric: Technologies of Uncritical Thinking in US Poetry, traces a lineage of poets who use electronics to distinguish poetry from critical thinking. He edited Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition (City Lights, 2014), which earned a Seal of Approval from the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Criticism, Paideuma, Convergence, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and elsewhere. His poetry has appeared in Carolina Quarterly, The Cortland Review, The Common, and elsewhere.

Before coming to Georgetown, he was assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and the 2014-15 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics at Emory University’s Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. At Georgetown he offers courses in English, Writing, Film and Media Studies, and American Studies.