Max Cavitch is Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His first book was American Elegy: The Poetry of Mourning from the Puritans to Whitman (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). He is presently completing a psychopoetic study of the life and writings (chiefly verse) of Richard Nisbett, an Anglo-American slaveholder-turned-asylum-patient. His essays in a variety of fields have appeared in such journals as American Literary History, American Literature, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Early American Literature, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, Senses of Cinema, Screen, and Victorian Poetry. Books in progress include: Interloping: Tales of Interspecies Mediality (a preliminary chapter of which, “Curbside Quarantine,” has been published in Postmodern Culture) and Fido and Psyche: Dogs in Psychoanalysis. He is co-editor of the book series Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania Press); member of the Advisory and Executive Councils of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies; consortium member of the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; member of the collaboration committee of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry; and one of the founding faculty members of the Undergraduate Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies. More information can be found at his Web site.
Selected publications on poetry and poetics:
“The Poetry of Phillis Wheatley in Slavery’s Recollective Economies, 1773 to the Present,” in Race, Ethnicity, and Publishing in America, ed. Cécile Cottenet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 210-230
“Clericus and the Lunatick,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 107.3 (2013), 367-76
“Slavery and Its Metrics,” in The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, ed. Kerry Larson (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 94-112
“Stephen Crane’s Refrain,” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 54 (2008), 33-53; rpt. in American Literature’s Aesthetic Dimensions, eds. Christopher Looby and Cindy Weinstein (Columbia University Press, 2012), 73-90