Johns Hopkins University, MA and PhD
Harvard University, AB
Modernism; American Poetry; Literature and the Arts
Frances Dickey teaches courses on American literature after 1865 and specializes in modern poetry and its relations to other arts. Most recently, she co-edited Vol. 3 of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: Literature, Politics, Belief, 1927-1929 and the Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts. In The Modern Portrait Poem from Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Ezra Pound, she examines the development of poetic portraiture in connection with painting from the 1860's to the 1920's, focusing on T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams. She has also published articles on the poetry of Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Bishop, and T. S. Eliot. She is currently working on sensation in T. S. Eliot's poetry, especially how his representation of sensation was shaped by the urban conditions of St. Louis.
President of the International T. S. Eliot Society, 2016-18
Andrew J. Kappell Prize in Literary Criticism from Twentieth-Century Literature, 2006
Purple Chalk Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 2008
T. S. Eliot Young Scholar Award, 2003