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Bethany L. Swann


I am a rising fourth-year PhD student in the English department. At the convergence of Asian diasporic studies and contemporary poetry and poetics, my current project focuses on theorizing the spatial dynamics of psychoanalytic models of dissociation in the work of twentieth and twenty-first century Asian American poets. I am especially interested in how the shifting dialectic between transnational flows of movement and histories of racial consciousness is encoded in lyric space—and, more broadly, how poets writing from the complex positionalities of diaspora disrupt established theories of self and subjectivity in New Lyric Studies. 

M.Div - Yale University, Yale Institute of Sacred Music

MFA - Indiana University



Courses Taught

fall 2020

ENGL 072.404 Asian-American Literature