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Jeremy M. Downes

 

Professor & Chair

English Department 

Auburn University

 
 
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Jeremy M. Downes, Professor and Chair of English at Auburn University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied at both the University of Warwick and the University of Chicago.  Specializing in a broadly conceived tradition of epic poetry (beginnings to the present), he has a similarly eclectic range of research and teaching interests, both theoretical (gender, orality studies, narrative and genre theory) and literary (comparative, medieval, twentieth-century, and the writing of poetry). He is the author of The Female Homer: An Exploration of Women's Epic Poetry (University of Delaware); of Recursive Desire: Rereading Epic Tradition (University of Alabama); of Dark Village Haiku (winner of the John and Miriam Morris Chapbook Prize); of two full-length collections of poetry, The Lost Atlas of Desire and Poems: Too Small to Read; and several articles here and there, with a good many poems. He also manages HyperEpos, a substantial collection of links to epic texts, resources, and materials on the Web. His research has received support from the University of Warwick, the NEH, and Auburn University, and he serves as President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. The working title of his next scholarly project is Local Heroes, which promises a study of American local, state, and regional epic.

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Contact Information  
Electronic mail address:
downejm@auburn.edu
Web address:
http://www.auburn.edu/~downejm/
Office phone:
(334) 844-9079
Fax:
(334) 844-9027
Address:
English Department
9
030 Haley Center
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849

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Current Projects

Service

The National Federation of State Poetry Societies

Teaching

Reinventing Civilization, An Evolving Philosophy of Teaching

Web-Enhanced Courses

These are now brought online through courseware systems. As time and circumstances permit, material from these many courses will be brought into the open web. Materials still available online include limited course materials for World Literature (Pretty Good Books) and from an undergraduate course on the American Epic

 

Current Research Projects

Local Heroes, a study of American regional epic

Baal, a new translation and edition of the Canaanite epic

HyperEpos, the most comprehensive collection of links to epic texts, resources, and materials on the Web

Piping the Epic, a data mashup which draws news and information on epic from around the Internet

Current Projects in Poetry

Kudzu Harp, currently seeking a publisher

The Invisible Child (from a manuscript in progress)

A sample of published work

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Useful Links                        
Auburn University
Auburn University Libraries The Academy of American Poets The National Federation of State Poetry Societies Modern Language Association
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Copyright © 1998-2009 Jeremy M. Downes
Last Revised: May 2009