Anton Vander Zee

Associate Professor and M.A. Program Director

Address: 72 George, Room 101
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 10-12m and by appointment
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I received my Ph.D. in English from Stanford University in 2012. After serving in a visiting role for three years, I became Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston and Faculty Fellow in the Honors College, where I direct the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and participate in the Honors First-Year Experience. I have taught students around the world, from Singapore and Siberia, to Stanford University and Stephens College. My teaching and research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature with an emphasis on Walt Whitman and his influence; poetry and poetics; the personal essay; genre studies; first-year seminar pedagogy; transnational modernism; autobiography; aesthetics; age studies; ideas of form and formalism; and contemporary poetry.

In 2011, the University of Iowa Press published A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, an collection that I co-edited and introduced. I have published articles and review essays in Modern Philology, The Wallace Stevens JournalAgni, and Agni Online, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, ESQ, and the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. In addition, I have entries on "serial form," "hieroglyph," and "nativity poem" in  the new Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012). 


Ph.D., Stanford University

M.A., Stanford University

B.A., Purdue University

Research Interests

Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Walt Whitman;Late Style/Late Work;Aesthetics;New Formalism;First-Year Experience Pedagogy;The Personal Essay

Courses Taught

The Self as Story: Autobiography at the Intersection of Philosophy, Culture, and Art (SPring 2018)

American Poetry Since 1945, Spring 2018

Schooling American Poetry (ENGL 705), Spring 2017

Sustainable Futures: Introduction to Academic Writing (HONS 110), Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

Walt Whitman and His Influence, Senior Seminar (ENGL 450), Spring 2016

Introduction to English Studies (ENGL 299), Spring 2016, Spring 2013 (2 sections), & Spring 2012

American Literature Survey (ENGL 207), Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

The ‘Great’ American Novel 1900-196 (ENGL 356), Fall 2012, Spring 2015, Spring 2018

Beyond George Street: Honors College First-Year Experience (HONS 100), Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013

Millennials Writing / Writing Millennials: Introduction to Academic (HONS 100), Fall 2015, Fall 2014 (2 sections), Fall 2013 (2 sections)

Pre-America: Literatures of Exploration, Contact, and Settlement (ENGL 361), Spring 2014

Modern Poetry: From Word to World (ENGL 335), Spring 2014 & Fall 2012

The Rhetorics of Age: Introduction to Academic Writing (HONS 110), Fall 2010 (2 sections), Spring 2011 (2 sections as ENGL 110), Fall 2011 (2 sections), Fall 2012 (2 sections)

Writing the ‘American’ Self: Autobiography from the Founding to Facebook (ENGL 360), Spring 2011

Transnational Poetry: Walt Whitman in America and Beyond (ENGL 350), Fall 2010

Honors and Awards

ExCEL Award for Outstanding Faculty for the College of Charleston Honors College, 2015

RPG Research Presentation Award (with student), College of Charelston, 2013

Academic Affairs Small Grant for Innovative Teaching and Learning, College of Charleston, 2013

Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Grant (with student), College of Charleston, 2013


Edited Collection

Vander Zee, Anton and Trisha Folds-Bennett, editors. Honoring the First-Year Experience: Curricular Foundations in Honors. National Collegiate Honors Council Monograph Series, in Preparation

Vander Zee, Anton and Emily Rosko, editors. A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line. University of Iowa Press, 2011.

Articles, Reviews, & Entries

Vamder Zee. Anton. "Late Whitman: Critical Pasts, Critical Futures," Resources for American Literary Study, vol. 40, 2018, 90-144.

Vander Zee, Anton. “Inventing Late Whitman,” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, vol. 63, no. 2, 2017, pp. 42-81

Vander Zee, Anton. “Whitman’s Late Lives,” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, vol. 35, no. 2, 2017, pp. 174-200

Vander Zee, Anton. “Becoming Legible: Helping Students Navigate Promotional Genres of Self-Narration.” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, vol. 18, no. 1, 2017, pp. 29-37

Vander Zee, Anton. Trisha Folds-Bennett, Elizabeth Meyer-Bernstein, and Brendan Reardon. “From Orientation Needs to Developmental Realities: The Honros First-Year Seminar in a National Context. Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, vol. 17, no. 1, 2016, pp. 115-149.

Vander Zee, Anton. “George Oppen.” American Writers XXVI. Jay Parini, editor. Scribner’s, 2015, pp. 223-238.

Vaner Zee, Anton. “Hieroglyph,” “Nativity Poem,” and “Serial Form.” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman, editors. Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 629-630, 918-919, &1295-1296.

Vander Zee, Anton. “Introduction: New Minds, New Lines.” A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line. Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee, editors. University of Iowa Press, 2011, pp. 5-24.

Vander Zee, Anton. “Milton’s Mary: Suspending Song in the Nativity Ode.” Modern Philology, vol. 108, no. 3, 2011, pp. 375-399.

Vander Zee, Anton. “‘Shard, Shard, Shard’: Mary Ann Samyn and the Contemporary Meditative Lyric.” Agni Online. 1 Aug. 2010.

Vander Zee, Anton. “Whitman, Lately.” Agni, vol72, 2010, pp. 184-200.

Vander Zee, Anton. “Printed Evils and Painted Veils: Anecdote of an Error by Frank Lentricchia.” The Wallace Stevens Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, 2007, pp. 189-196.