Rachel Kyne



Research Interests: 

Modernism; Renaissance; the history of lyric; poetics; aesthetic theories; visual arts and the historicity of vision; the city; photography; political subjectivities; sovereignty

Graduation Year: 


Dissertation Title: 

"Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest: Modernist Momentums"


Regularly attends the Poetry & Poetics workshop and the Modernism workshop. Occasionally attends the Literature & Science, 18th/19th Century, Renaissance, and Literature & Philosophy workshops.


Rachel Kyne is a postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow in English at the University of Chicago, where she completed her PhD in August 2017 under the supervision of Bill Brown, Maud Ellmann, John Muse, and Vincent Sherry (Washington University in St. Louis). She works on British and French modernism, visual culture, and poetics. Her doctoral dissertation, "Stuck in Time: Modernist Momentums," examines modernist responses to the slow time of trench warfare and reconstruction during and after the First World War.

Rachel has a BFA in Painting (2005) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver and an MA in English and Creative Writing (2010) from Concordia University in Montreal, where she produced a manuscript of poetry as her thesis. She served as a curatorial intern at the Smart Museum of Art from 2011-2016 and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the University of Chicago.

Rachel is a recipient of the France Chicago Center's Collège de France Fellowship, a 4-year Doctoral Award from the Social Studies and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and fellowships from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

Teaching Experience: 

Teaching Assistantships: Intro to Poetry, Shakespeare's Greek and Roman Plays, and Late 20th Century American Literature and Culture, British Literature to 1660 (survey), and Intro to Literary Study.

Lectureship: French Avant-gardes and Anglo-American Modernism (Fall 2014)