Dr. Joel Duncan

Assistant Professor (wiss. Mitarbeiter) of American Studies, Prof. Müller

Room: G 505
Phone: +49 7531 88 4508
E-Mail: joel.duncan@uni-konstanz.de

Office hours:
Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:00


My research focusses on 20th and 21st-century American literature and culture. At Konstanz I am part of the ERC-funded research project “Off the Road: The Environmental Aesthetics of Early Automobility.” My first book, Poetic Drive: American Poetry in the Age of Automobility, which is under advanced contract with the University of Virginia Press, examines how American poets have harnessed automobility to write poetry and make films that confront the exclusions of petromodernity. I have published parts of this project in Modernism/modernity and in a special issue of Women’s Studies that I co-edited on “Eileen Myles Now.” My second book project is tentatively titled “Swedish-American Borderlands of the Long 1960s” and considers the cultural influence of Americans in Sweden during this period, from the poetry, novels, memoirs and films made by African Americans in exile, to the films of Susan Sontag and her 1969 “Letter from Sweden.” I received my PhD from the University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.) and have also worked at the Universities of Gothenburg and Uppsala in Sweden.


"Driving and Catastrophe with Eileen Myles," Women’s Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal, vol. 51, no. 8, 2022, pp. 945-964.

With Rosa Campbell and Jack Parlett. "Eileen Myles Now," Women’s Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal, vol. 51, no. 8, 2022, pp. 859-874.

"'Rolls Rough': William Carlos Williams on the Thrills and Ills of Automobility." Modernism/modernity, vol. 29, no. 3, 2022, pp. 543-571. Print Plus, vol. 7, cycle 3.

"Ron Silliman’s Ketjak beyond programmatism." Textual Practice, vol. 32, no. 4, 2018, pp. 669-687.

"Frank O’Hara Drives Charles Olson’s Car." Arizona Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2016, pp.  77-103.

Review of Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Gray Poet, ed. Ivy G. Wilson. Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, vol. 32, no. 1, 2014, pp. 83-86.

Current courses

Title Type
Ecological Imaginaries Seminar