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Aaron Pinnix

Aaron Pinnix

BA, The University of Alabama, Huntsville
MA, The University of Maine

Field of Study: Contemporary Poetry and the Ocean


Courses Taught
Honors: Writing Intensive
Honors: Rhetoric
Texts and Contexts: Literary Oceans, Economic Currents
Texts and Contexts: Science Fiction and the Social Imaginary 
Composition and Rhetoric I
Composition and Rhetoric II

Dissertation Title
Subaqueous Poetics: Exploring Oceanic Depths in Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Dissertation Description
My dissertation explores thematic relationships among twentieth and twenty-first century poetic texts that invoke the oceanic depths in ways that cross linguistic, temporal, and spatial borders. Drawing on the ocean as an expansive metaphor for alterity and difference, poets such as H.D. and M. NourbeSe Phillip have constructed an aquatic other space that challenges hegemonic narratives of the ocean. Work related to my dissertation can be found in Atlantic Studies and various poetry venues.