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Kocher, Ruth Ellen Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Kocher's creative work focuses on form and notions of form, the rhetorical poetics of fragment, sequence, and disruptive narrative. Most recently, she has framed formal experimentation within tropes of subject-position, dominant narratives, and the dialogic displacement of the political voice. Recent projects expand work in poetics to include digital and visual poetry. Her scope of pedagogical research includes investigations of social media, digital literary communities, cultures, and canons.


  • poetry and poetics, creative writing, digital and mixed media art, narratives and collaborations, identity politics, intersectionality, social media relative to literary communities, cultures and canons, American Modernism, emergence of African American writing relative to African American artistic movements, history, and literature, Contemporary American literature, literary history, and literary movements, translation and analysis of African diasporic texts


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courses taught

  • ENGL 5229 - Poetry Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Designed to give students time and impetus to generate poetry and discussion of it in an atmosphere at once supportive and critically serious. Enrollment requires admission to the Creative Writing Graduate Program or the instructor's approval of an application manuscript. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020


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