Jeff Dolven

Professor of English; Acting Chair, Department of English


(609) 258–4077


33 McCosh Hall


Jeff Dolven teaches poetry and poetics, especially of the English Renaissance. His first book, Scenes of Instruction (Chicago 2007), considers poetry’s entanglement with schooling at the end of the sixteenth century. He is presently at work on a study of literary style in the sixteenth and twentieth centuries (The Sense of Style) and a short history of the English sentence (The Sentence: An Autobiography).

His articles and essays—on Renaissance metrics, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare’s reading, Fairfield Porter, player pianos, and other subjects—have appeared in such publications as English Literary Renaissance, Representations, Modern Philology, Southwest Review, Raritan, Triple Canopy, and Cabinet. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The TLS, The Yale Review, and elsewhere, and a volume, Speculative Music (Sarabande), was published in 2013.

Dolven is also an editor at large at Cabinet magazine, and was the founding director of Princeton’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM).

He began a three-year term as a Behrman Professor in the Humanities in Spring 2017.

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