Angela Sorby



My area of specialization is American poetry: reading it, interpreting it, and writing it. I like to locate poems in their concrete cultural contexts; for instance, one recent article examines the relationship between nineteenth-century avian poetry, bird-watching, and environmental activism.

My current projects include a critical study of cuteness in nineteenth-century American literature and culture; chapters in the Cambridge History of American Poetry, the Cambridge History of American Women Poets, and the Blackwell Companion to Popular Culture; and new creative work. In the past I’ve published a critical study, Schoolroom Poets (UPNE, 2005), an anthology co-edited with Karen Kilcup, Over the River and Through the Wood (Hopkins, 2013); and three collections of poetry: Distance Learning (New Issues, 1998), Bird Skin Coat (Wisconsin, 2009), and The Sleeve Waves (Wisconsin, 2014).

Teaching Fields

Office Hours

Spring 2017

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2017

Research Interests

Selected Publications

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English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
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