Harold Schweizer teaches courses in modern poetry, literary theory, holocaust studies, representations of suffering, and the comparative humanities.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Zürich

Teaching Interests

  • Literary theory
  • Modern and contemporary poetry
  • Humanities
  • History of ideas
  • Holocaust studies

Scholarly Interests

  • Modern poetry
  • Literary theory
  • Studies in suffering and representation
  • Comparative humanities

Recent Awards

  • John P. Crozer Chair in English Literature (2006-2011)

Selected Publications


"Waiting as Resistance: Lingering, Loafing, and Whiling Away." Sociologia Internationalis (2016).

"To Suffer to Wait: Reading Trauma in Two Poems." Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies (2014).

"Are We Not Beautiful?" Nineteenth Century Prose (2013).

"Literary Autonomy: Growth of a Modern Concept." Cambridge History of Criticism: The 19th Century (2013).

"The Accident and the Beautiful: On Alan Shapiro's "The Accident." Literature and Medicine (2012).


The Genealogy of Elevators: A Fable (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018)

Miriam's Book: A Poem (Fomite, 2017)

The Book of Stones and Angels (Tupelo, 2015).

Rarity and the Poetic: The Gesture of Small Flowers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

On Waiting (Routledge, 2008).


AGNI, American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Diode, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Narrative, The New Orleans Review, Pleiades, Poetry International, etc.


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