Department of English

University of Toronto

Slater, Avery

Avery Slaterslater_avery
Assistant Professor; Twentieth-Century American Literature
Office Phone: TBD.
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, TBD.

B.A. (University of Washington), M.Phil. (University of Cambridge), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell).

Research and Teaching Interests
Twentieth-Century American Literature; Poetry and Poetics; Modernism; Critical Theory; History and Philosophy of Science; Ecocriticism; Translation Theory Theory; Film Theory and Global Cinema.

Avery Slater’s teaching focuses on twentieth-century American literature and poetry within a global context. Her research investigates the re-conceptualization of human and nonhuman forms of language following the rise of information and computational technologies. Her current book project Apparatus Poetica explores how mid-twentieth-century poets revise and reinvent modernist theories of poetic process in response to emerging technologies of language (computation, machine translation, information theory). She spent the last year with the Penn Humanities Forum investigating the literary and philosophical contexts of postwar machine translation. Her work in comparative poetics and film theory has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Amodern, American Literature, Cultural Critique, Thinking Verse, Transformations, and the William Carlos Williams Review. She is co-editing with Marc Redfield a volume of essays concerning the future of critical theory: Theory at the Millennium.


“Cryptomonolingualism: Machine Translation and the Poetics of Automation,” Amodern (specialissue on Translation, ed. Rita Raley, forthcoming 2017) 

“Postwar Poetry Experiments with Cybernetic Autopoiesis” Literature and Science (ed. PriscillaWald, forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

“Abstraction at the Level of Technē: Ferdinand de Saussure, Wallace Stevens, and the Hypogrammatic Lyric” in Theory at the Millennium (edited volume, forthcoming Northwestern Univ. Press)

“Machine Translation” in Cambridge Critical Concepts: Technology (ed. Adam Hammond,forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2018)

“Technology and the Rise of the Vernacular Object,” William Carlos Williams Review, Vol. 31, no. 1-2, 2017 “The New Williams” [peer-reviewed] Summer, 2016

“Apocalyptic Commons: Derek Jarman’s The Last of England,” Transformations: A Journal of Media and Culture, Vol. 28, 2016, “The Ruins, the Future” [peer-reviewed] Summer, 2016

“Water’s Future Age: Collective Agricultural Transitions” Proceedings of the University of Texas at Austin Sustainability Symposium, Fall 2015

“American Afterlife: Benjaminian Messianism and Technological Redemption in Rukeyser’s ‘The Book of the Dead,’”American Literature (86, no. 4, 2014) [peer-reviewed]

“Prepostrophe: Impossible Modes of Lyric Address and Wisława Szymborska’s ‘Tarsier,’” Thinking Verse IV, no. 1, 2014 [peer-reviewed]

“Jus Sanguinis, Jus Soli: West German Citizenship Law and the Melodrama of the Guest-Worker in Fassbinder’s Angst Essen Seele Auf,” Cultural Critique 86 (Winter 2014) [peer-reviewed]

Site Information:

Site Tools:

Click below for directions to the University of Toronto!

University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Map of St. George Campus
Map of Mississauga Campus
Map of Scarborough Campus