Perloff’s many other books include works on philosophy, in Wittgenstein’s Ladder (1996); the poetics of sound and recording technologies in The Sound of Poetry/The Poetry of Sound (2009), which she coedited with Craig Dworkin; and the cultural memoir The Vienna Paradox (2004). Her forthcoming book is called On the Margins of the Habsburg Empire: The Great War and the Making of Austro-Modernism. Much less well-known than the writers of the Weimar Republic, the post-World War I writers of the defunct Austo-Hungarian Empire—Krauss, Joseph Roth, Robert Musil, Elias Canetti, Paul Celan—many of them from provinces far removed from the capital, produced a distinctive Modernism of their own.
Perloff was educated at Oberlin College, Barnard College, and the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Before her retirement, she was Sadie D. Patek Professor of Humanities at Stanford University. She is also Florence Scott Professor Emerita of English at the University of Southern California. In 2009, she was the Weidenfeld Professor of European Literature at Oxford University, and she was recently was named Honorary Foreign Professor at the Beijing Modern Languages University. She teaches courses and writes on 20th- and 21st-century poetry and poetics, both Anglo-American and from a Comparativist perspective, as well as on intermedia and the visual arts.
She has been a frequent reviewer for periodicals from the Times Literary Supplement and The Washington Post to all the major scholarly journals, and she has lectured at most major universities in the U.S. as well as at European, Asian, and Latin American universities and festivals.
Perloff’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Huntington Foundation. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Humanities Center, and was President of the Modern Language Association in 2006. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She received an honorary degree from Bard College in 2008, and the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania honored her with a special symposium; a varied set of the individual contributions to that 2012 symposium appeared in the online journal Jacket 2.
Articles By MARJORIE PERLOFF
- Allen Ginsberg
Remembering a rose rabbi.
- Learning from Lexington
- Meditations in an Emergency
The arresting restlessness of Joan Mitchell.
- Reading Frank O’Hara’s “Lunch Poems” After Fifty Years
Hilarity, heartbreak, and terrible traffic.
- Take Five
Why the slightest loss of attention still leads to death.
Audio & PodcastsThe Poetry Magazine Podcast
April 2013: Goodbye, Luck
Poems from Gwyneth Lewis, J.T. Barbarese, Jamaal May, Anna Maria Hong; plus Marjorie Perloff with advice for poets.