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Emily Setina

Associate Professor

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Emily Setina teaches and writes about modernism, poetry, and 20th and 21st-century American literature. Writers’ archives and writing’s relation to visual media and visual practices, especially photography and painting, are at the center of her research. With Susannah Hollister, she edited Gertrude Stein’s Stanzas in Meditation: The Corrected Edition, which was awarded the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal. Her current book project, The Woman in the Darkroom, tells a literary and cultural history of modernism and photography through the works and archives of three women writers: Virginia Woolf, Stein, and Marianne Moore. Other recent projects include essays on modernist revision, the politics of post-war translation, and Proust. She spent a year after college as a Watson Fellow studying contemporary Celtic-language poetry in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and France — an experience that spurred enduring interests in minor-language writing, translation, and travel literature. She has taught previously at Baylor, Connecticut College, Yale, and her alma mater, Davidson College.