Areas of Interest
20th- and 21st-century Poetry & Poetics, Media Theory, Science & Literature, History and Philosophy of Science
Calvin College, BA; SUNY Buffalo, MA
Jacob Schepers is a third-year student in University of Notre Dame's English PhD program and also holds a graduate minor in the History and Philosophy of Science. He studies 20th-and 21st-century North-American poetry and poetics with an emphasis on science, technology, and media studies as they relate to and inform the textual productions of and ideological assumptions behind experimental poetry.
Of particular interest to his work are the ways in which new media-technological possibilities open up epistemological concerns for the experience of poetry. To ground his work, Jacob examines the changing relations among attention, distraction, and attraction involved in poetic encounters, with a specific historical focus from 1960s and on.
His own book of poetry, A Bundle of Careful Compromises (2014), was named a winner of the 2013 Outriders Poetry Project Competition. His poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals as Verse, The Common, The Destroyer, and PANK. He also serves as an editorial assistant for the Notre Dame Review.
Recent Scholarly Activity
Conference Paper, “‘Correction of Disfigurements’: Rhetoric, Lyric, and the Rewriting of History in Susan Howe’s Singularities and Geraldine Monk’s Interregnum,” Lyric Renovations Panel, University at Buffalo’s Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years Conference, Buffalo, NY, April 10, 2016.
Conference Paper, “Hurtling towards Space: The Open Challenge to Vision in Lynd Ward’s Vertigo,” University of Notre Dame’s EGSA Graduate Research Symposium, Notre Dame, IN, March 6 2015.
Conference Paper, “Changing Still Lives: Gertrude Stein’s and Henri Bergson’s Alternative Temporality,” Northeastern University’s English Graduate Student Association Conference, Boston, March, 2013.
Conference Paper, “‘Instead of the cave?’: A Charitable Audience for Berryman’s The Dream Songs,” Conference on Christianity and Literature, Calvin College, April 2012
Conference Paper, “Digital Literacy and Laptop Tutoring,” East Central Writing Centers Association Conference, Western Michigan University, March 2011 (delivered by Calvin College Rhetoric Center Staff).