About

Currently a PhD Candidate in the English program at University of Toronto, Robert has a background in writing and training across a diverse range of disciplines. These include the world of wine, movement education, and various forms of editorial work. His relationship with language and literature began early and has remained a central focus up to and including his present academic studies. While his first love grew from the reading an writing of poetry, his current research interests focus on questions emergent within American modernism—primarily those centred around what experimental literature taps into as examples of theories and systems of knowledge, akin to those which have developed into present day philosophies of science, and the broad grounds which constitute contemporary phenomenology. His dissertation is centred around these concerns by way of the early work of Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, and Djuna Barnes (you may read the working abstract of his project here). Similarly, his teaching experience has concentrated on American literature and theories of criticism.

You may reach him by emailing pen {at} robertlpowell.com.