Mutlu Konuk Blasing Professor of English

Blasing is the author of The Art of Life (U of Texas Press, 1977), American Poetry (Yale, 1987), Politics and Form in Postmodern Poetry (Cambridge, 1995), and Lyric Poetry: The Pain and the Pleasure of Words (Princeton, 2007). She has published articles on Emerson, Whitman, James, Eliot, Pound, O'Hara, Bishop, Merrill, and others. She is the translator, with Randy Blasing, of Nazim Hikmet's work into English, and has published eight volumes of translations. The latest are Nazim Hikmet: Human Landscapes from My Country (Persea, 2002) and Poems of Nazim Hikmet (Persea, 2002).

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

 

Books:

Nazim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey's World Poet.  New York: Persea 2013.

Lyric Poetry: The Pain and the Pleasure of Words. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Politics and Form in Postmodern Poetry: O'Hara, Bishop, Ashbery, and Merrill. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.  Paperback 2009.

American Poetry: The Rhetoric of Its Forms. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. Paperback, 1989.

The Art of Life: Studies in American Autobiographical Literature. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1977.  Paperback 2011.

 

Translated Books:

Nazim Hikmet: Life's Good, Brother. New York: Persea 2013. (Novel)

Nazim Hikmet: Letters to Taranta-Babu.  Providence: Copper Beech Press, 2013 (translated with Randy Blasing)

Nazim Hikmet: Human Landscapes from My Country. New York: Persea, 2002. (translated with Randy Blasing)

Poems of Nazim Hikmet. Second Edition, New York: Persea, 2002. (translated with Randy Blasing)

Poems of Nazim Hikmet. New York: Persea, 1994; 2nd printing, 1998. (translated with Randy Blasing)

Nazim Hikmet: Selected Poetry. New York: Persea, 1986. (translated with Randy Blasing)

Nazim Hikmet: Rubaiyat. Providence: Copper Beech, 1985. (translated with Randy Blasing)

Nazim Hikmet: Human Landscapes. New York: Persea, 1983; 2nd printing, 1994. (translated with Randy Blasing)

Nazim Hikmet: The Epic of Sheik Bedreddin and Other Poems. New York: Persea, 1977. (translated with Randy Blasing)

Things I Didn't Know I Loved: Selected Poems of Nazim Hikmet. New York: Persea, 1975. (translated with Randy Blasing)

 

 

Arrticles:

"Designs on History: Ezra Pound, the Puritans, and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies." In The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era. Ed. Barnstone, Manson, and Singley. Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1997. Pp. 3-19.

"From Gender to Genre and Back: Elizabeth Bishop and 'The Moose.'" American Literary History, No. 2 (Summer 1994), 265-286. Reprinted in Poetry Criticism V. 34 (Gale Group, Oct. 2001).

"Frank O'Hara." In Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 78. Ed. James P. Draper. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. Pp. 358-64.

"Charles Wright's 'World of the Ten Thousand Things.'" In Where All Things Meet: Essays on Charles Wright. Ed. Tom Andrews. Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College Press, 1995.

"William Carlos Williams's Paterson." In Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 67. Ed. Roger Matuz. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992. Pp. 407-413.

"The American Sublime, C. 1992: What Clothes Does One Wear?" Michigan Quarterly Review, 31, No. 3 (Summer 1992), 425-441. Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism (Gale Group, Feb. 2000).

"Rethinking Models of Literary Change: The Case of James Merrill," American Literary History , 2, No. 2 (Summer 1990), 299-317. Reprinted in Critical Essays on James Merrill, ed. Guy Rotella (New York: G. K. Hall, 1996). Pp. 99-116.

"Frank O'Hara: The Speech of Poetry." In Frank O'Hara: To Be True to a City. Ed. Jim Elledge. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990. Pp.301-320.

"Essaying the Poet: Emerson's Poetic Theory and Practice," Modern Language Studies, 15, No. 2 (Spring 1985), 9-23.

"The Economies of Walden." In The American Classics Revisited: Recent Studies in American Literature.. Ed. P.C. Kar and D. Ramakrishna. Hyderabad: American Studies Research Centre, 1985. Pp. 165-81.

'Mont d'Espoir or Mount Despair': The Re-Verses of Elizabeth Bishop," Contemporary Literature, 25, No. 3 (Fall 1984), 341-353.

"The Waste Land: Gloss and Glossary," Essays in Literature, 9, No. 1 (Spring 1982), 97-105.

"Whitman's 'Lilacs' and the Grammars of Time," PMLA. 97, No. 1 (Jan. 1982), 31-39.

"Frank O'Hara's Poetics of Speech: The Example of Biotherm,"Contemporary Literature, 23, No. 1 (Winter 1982), 52-64.

"The Significance of Nazim Hikmet," Poetry East, 3 (Fall 1980), 19-22.

"Translating poetry: Texts and Contexts of Nazim Hikmet," Translation Review, 5 (1980), 43-45.

"The Story of the Stories: Henry James's Prefaces as Autobiography." In Approaches to Victorian Autobiography. Ed. George P. Landow. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1979. Pp. 311-32.

"The Economies of Walden," Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 17, No. 4 (Winter 1976), 759-775.

"The Sleepers: The Problem of the Self in Whitman," Walt Whitman Review, 21, No. 3 (Sept. 1975), 111-119.

"Double Focus in The American," Nineteenth-Century Fiction, 28, No. 1 (June 1973), 74-84.

 

Reviews:

"'Write to Privacy': Reading Poe and Stevens." Review of Louis Renza, Edgar Allan Poe, Wallace Stevens, and the Poetic of American Privacy. Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism. 35 (2003), 74-76.

"Seduction and Betrayal." Review of Nazim Hikmet: Beyond the Walls. Poetry Review , 92, 3 (Autumn 2002), 100-102.

The Birth-mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History. By Susan Howe. In The Emily Dickinson Journal , 6, 4 (Spring 1997), 109-111.

"Elizabeth Bishop's Poetics of Intimacy." By Victoria Harrison. "Elizabeth Bishop: The Geography of Gender." Ed. Marilyn May Lombardi. Review essay in Modern Philology. 93, 4 (May 1996), 552-58.

"Elizabeth Bishop: The Restraints of Language." By C. K. Doreski. In American Literature, June 1994, p. 403.

"Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union." By Timothy Sweet. Modern Philology, 90, 4 (May 1993). 560-562.

"Becoming a Poet: Elizabeth Bishop with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell." By David Kalstone. In American Literature, Dec. 1990, pp. 728-730.

 

 

 

 

 

research overview

Blasing works on American poetry, poetic theory, and translation. Her publications include The Art of Life (Texas, 1977), American Poetry (Yale, 1987), Politics and Form in Postmodern Poetry (Cambridge, 1995), Lyric Poetry (Princeton, 2007), Nazim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey's World Poet (Persea, 2013).  She has published articles on Emerson, Whitman, James, Eliot, Pound, O'Hara, Bishop, Merrill, and others. She has translated Nazim Hikmet's work and has published ten books of translations. The latest are Nazim Hikmet: Human Landscapes from My Country, Poems of Nazim Hikmet (Persea, 2002), and Life's Good, Brother (Persea 2013).

research statement

Blasing's research interests include American poetry, modern poetry, modernist and postmodernist poetics, poetic theory, lyric poetry, and translation theory.

funded research

Fall 1983, Spring 1984, Fall 1984, Spring 1985, Spring 1989:
Grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for Copper Beech Press

1984-1985:
Grant from National Endowment for the Arts for Copper Beech Press