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Florian Gargaillo

Florian Gargaillo

Associate Professor

Languages & Literature


  • Ph.D. English Literature, Boston University, 2018.
  • M.A. English Literature, Boston University, 2012.
  • M.A. English Literature, Université de Bourgogne, France, 2010.
  • LLCE English Literature, Université de Bourgogne, France, 2009.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University, where I teach and write about twentieth-century poetry. I also serve as Secretary of the Wallace Stevens Society. 

My current book project, Echo & Critique: Poetry and the Clichés of Public Speech, analyzes how postwar poets responded to the political doublespeak of their era by taking specific phrases (like “transfer of population,” “service the target” or “revenue enhancement”), and then putting pressure on them, examining their implications, and complicating them within a poem. At the same time, Echo & Critique argues that poets used this technique to weigh their own susceptibility to the clichés of public discourse.

My articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in MLQ, Essays in Criticism, Philological Quarterly, Modernism / modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, The Yale Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Literary Imagination, and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. I also review contemporary poetry for such venues as Colorado Review Online, Chicago Review, PN Review, Harvard Review Online, and Rain Taxi.

  • Modern and contemporary poetry (American, British, Irish).
  • American literature


  1. “The Divided Selves of Edna St. Vincent Millay.” Forthcoming in Literary Imagination .
  2. “Langston Hughes, the Blues, and the Distance between Poetry and Song.” Forthcoming in Modernism/modernity (2021).
  3. “Louise Glück and Dialogue.” Forthcoming in Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 45 (2020).
  4. “Wistful Lies and Civil Virtues: Randall Jarrell on World War II Propaganda.” JML: Journal of Modern Literature 43.3 (Spring 2020): 45-63.
  5. “Philip Larkin and Envy.” Essays in Criticism 70.2 (April 2020): 199-220. “Knowing Limits: Adrienne Rich in Rhyme.” Twentieth-Century Literature 65.4 (Winter 2019): 393-410.
  6. “Relations to Knowledge: The Trope of the Book in Stevens’ Poetry.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 42.2 (Fall 2018): 176-90.
  7. “Seamus Heaney and the Clichés of Public Talk.” Philological Quarterly 97.1 (Winter 2018): 97-119.
  8. “Kamau Brathwaite’s Rhythms of Migration.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 53.1 (March 2018): 155-68.
  9. “‘Echoes of Cruelty and Nonsense’ in Stevie Smith.” Modern Language Quarterly 79.1 (March 2018): 81-104.
  10. “John Clare and the Early Poems of Seamus Heaney.” Essays in Criticism 67.2 (April 2017): 175-94.
  11. “Anthony Hecht’s Controlled Disorder.” The Yale Review 104.3 (July 2016): 62-69.
  12. “What Tone Allows: Robert Lowell on François Villon.” Literary Imagination 16.2 (July 2014): 191-209.
  13. “Tough Love: W.H. Auden and A.E. Housman.” The Cambridge Quarterly 43.2 (June 2014): 139-56.



  1. “‘Siren voices lost at dawn’: Nancy Cunard, T.S. Eliot, and the Place of the Artist.” Literary Matters 12.1 (Winter 2020).
  2. “Sounding Lowell: Derek Walcott and Louise Glück.” Literary Matters 9.4 (October 2017).
  3. “Mary McCarthy and Public Language.” Literary Matters 9.3 (June 2017).
  4. “Delmore Schwartz, Again.” PN Review 230 (July-August 2016): 71-3.



  1. “Ambiguities of Relation: Semicolons in T.S. Eliot’s Poetry.” (Solicited.) In Punctuation in Modern English Literature, ed. Elizabeth M. Bonapfel, Jeffrey Gutierrez and John Lennard. Book under consideration at Cambridge University Press.



  1. On French translations of Wallace Stevens by Gilles Mourier. The Wallace Stevens Journal 44.2 (Fall 2020).
  2. On Sight Lines, by Arthur Sze. Colorado Review of Books (August 9, 2019).
  3. On Peaches Goes It Alone, by Frederick Seidel. Colorado Review of Books (January 30, 2019).
  4. On Wild Is the Wind, by Carl Phillips. PN Review 244 (November-December 2018): 75-76.
  5. On Losers Dream On, by Mark Halliday. Colorado Review of Books (May 14, 2018). 
  6. On The If Borderlands: Collected Poems, by Elise Partridge. Dublin Review of Books 93 (October 2017).
  7. On Morning, Paramin, by Derek Walcott and Peter Doig. Rain Taxi 22.2 (Summer 2017): 46.
  8. On Magdalene, by Marie Howe. Harvard Review Online (April 11, 2017).
  9. On All the Poems, by Stevie Smith, edited by Will May. Chicago Review 60.2 (December 2016): 163-9.
  10. On Aeneid Book VI, translated by Seamus Heaney. Kenyon Review Online (November 2016).
  11. On Dickens”s Style, edited by Daniel Tyler. Essays in Criticism 65.1 (January 2015): 109-15.