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Candice Amich

Assistant Professor

Candice Amich received her B.A. (2000) in English and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, holds an M.F.A. (2003) in Poetry from New York University, and earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in English from Rutgers University. Before joining the English faculty at Vanderbilt as an Assistant Professor, Amich was an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities (2012-2014) at Carnegie Mellon University, where she taught courses in poetry of the Americas, transnational performance, ethnic American literature, and gender studies. Her research and teaching interests span twentieth and twenty-first century poetry and performance of the Americas; Latino/a, ethnic American, and Latin American literatures; poetics and politics; literary globalization studies; hemispheric performance studies; postcolonial studies; and feminist studies. 

Amich’s book project, The Poetics of Globalization: Performing Precarity in the Neoliberal Americas, examines feminist aesthetic strategies for countering the abstractions of globalization discourse. The Latina, Caribbean, Latin American and U.S.-based poets and performance artists Amich writes about engage globalization at the scale of the body, making palpable, through aesthetic experimentation, the material and psychic effects of neoliberal dispossession. The book’s contents are organized around three categories of precarious performance that roughly map onto three distinct moments in the hemisphere’s neoliberal evolution: performances of disappearance, performances of solidarity, and performances of gendered violence.

The Poetics of Globalization opens with the US-backed 1973 coup in Chile, which implemented a neoliberal mode of governing defined by deregulation and privatization, against collective decision-making and ownership. In the first section on performances of disappearance, Amich examines the exilic oeuvres of Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta and Chilean-born poet Cecilia Vicuña, arguing that their creation and documentation of ephemeral forms while living in the U.S. enacts both the trauma and negation of dislocation. The book’s second section spotlights the study of failed performances of solidarity by two feminist poets, U.S. poet Adrienne Rich and Trinidadian-Canadian poet Dionne Brand. In light of the defeat of the Central American Revolutions of the 1980s, Rich and Brand turn to a poetics of intimacy that melds the language of lesbian erotics and revolution to explore the problem of transnational solidarity. Performances of gendered violence from the post-Cold War period into the present take center stage in the third section. In chapters on the performance work of Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco and Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo, Amich positions Fusco and Galindo’s bodily explorations of the feminization of labor and sexualized techniques of warfare in relation to the gendered discourse surrounding the so-called war on terror.

Amich is currently co-editing, with feminist theatre scholars Elin Diamond and Denise Varney, an international anthology on Performance—Feminism—Affect—Activism in Neoliberal Times. The volume represents the cross-cultural and collaborative research advanced by the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Research over a series of meetings in Osaka, Japan (2011), Santiago, Chile (2012), Barcelona, Spain (2013) and Warwick, UK (2014).   

Amich also serves as a contributing editor for the literary journal Waxwing.  

Course Offerings:
Fall 2014:
-  English 118W - Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis: Literatures of Globalization
Spring 2015:
- English 115F - First-Year Writing Seminar: Growing Up Latino/a
- English 279 - Ethnic American Literature
Fall 2015:
- English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study
- English 3658 - Latino-American Literature
Spring 2016:
- English 1220W - Drama: Forms and Techniques
- English 3742 - Feminist Theory
Fall 2016:
- English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study
- English 8155 - Special Topics in English and American Literature: Public Humanities (graduate course)