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Burt Kimmelman

Contact Info

Title: Professor of English
Office: 413 Cullimore
Phone: 973-596-3376
Dept: Humanities


About Me

Burt Kimmelman, PhD, is a professor of English and chair of the department of humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research interests include: modern and postmodern literature, especially poetry; interdisciplinary medieval studies; technology and culture, especially aesthetics; textual scholarship; communications technology and epistemology.

Kimmelman recently edited The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry (Facts on File, Inc., 2005), for which he has written the introduction as well as appendices including a general bibliography and a glossary of poetic terms, and he has published two previous books of literary criticism and five volumes of poetry.


  • Ph.D., English Literature; Certificate, Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies, City University of New York Graduate School, 1991
    Doctoral Thesis: "The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona"
    Thesis Adviser: Allen Mandelbaum; Readers: Robert O. Payne, Frederick Goldin

  • M.A.,  English Literature Hunter College, City University of New York, 1987

  • B.A.,   English Literature State University of New York at Cortland, 1983


Courses Taught

Writing and Communication 

  • HSS 099, Basic Skills Reading and Writing 
  • Eng 603, Cultural and Technological Change (listed below) 
  • Eng 095, ESL Reading, Writing, Conversation for Undergraduate Students 
  • Eng 502, ESL Reading, Writing, Conversation for Graduate Students 
  • HSS 101, Writing, Speaking, Thinking 
  • Eng 620, Proposal Writing 
  • Eng 352, Technical Writing 
  • Eng 352S, Technical Writing for Foreign Students 
  • STS 304, Writing Topics in Science, Technology and Society (listed below)

Literature and Humanities 

  • Lit 320,  American Literature 
  • Lit 457,  American Literature 1950 to Present 
  • Lit 321,  British Literature 600 to Present 
  • Hum 112,  Foundations of Western Civilization 
  • Lit 331,  World Literature I (including Distance-Learning) 
  • STS 378,  Literature in Nature 
  • Hum 496H,  Literature and Medicine 
  • HSS 403,  Love in the Middle Ages 
  • HSS 403,  Medieval Literature of the West, after the Millenium 
  • Lit 480 (now Phil 380), Philosophy of Language 
  • HSS 211,  The Pre-Modern World 
  • HSS 403,  Romance in the Western Middle Ages 
  • HSS 213,  The Twentieth-Century World 
  • HSS 491H,  Word and Image, Past and Present

Science, Technology and Society 

  • STS 348,  Esthetics and Modern Technology 
  • Eng 603,  Cultural and Technological Change (listed above) 
  • STS 310H,  Technology and Human Values 
  • STS 304,  Writing Topics in Science, Technology and Society (listed above) 
  • HSS 202,  Society, Technology, and Environment

Additional Courses Taught at Other Schools

  • Writing and Communication 
  • Basic Skills Reading and Writing 
  • Creative Writing 
  • ESL Reading, Writing, Conversation 
  • Expository Writing
  • Literature and Humanities 
  • American Literature 1600 to Present 
  • American Literature 1900 to 1950 
  • Great Works of English Literature 
  • Introduction to Literature 
  • Labor Themes in American Literature


Research Interests

Modern and Postmodern Literature, especially Poetry; Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies; Technology and Culture, especially Aesthetics; Textual Scholarship; Communications Technology and Epistemology. 


Selected Publications


Critical Studies
The Facts on File Companion to American Poetry, Co-Ed. with Randall Huff, and Temple Cone. Intr. and App. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2007.
The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry, Ed., Intr., and Append., New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2005.
The "Winter Mind": William Bronk and American Letters, Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press / London: Associated University Presses, 1998.
The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages : The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona, New York / Washington, D.C. / Baltimore / Bern / Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Vienna / Paris: Peter Lang Publishing, 1996; 288 pages. Paperback edition, 1999.
As If Free, Jersey City, NJ: Talisman House, Publishers (forthcoming in 2009); approx. 70 pages.
There Are Words, Loveland, Ohio: Dos Madres Press (2007); 25 pages. Recording of author’s reading of these poems available at PennSound:
Somehow, East Rockaway, New York: Marsh Hawk Press (2005); 66 pages.
The Pond at Cape May Point (a collaboration of poems and paintings by Fred Caruso), New York: Marsh Hawk Press (2002); 107 pages.
First Life, Jersey City, NJ: Jensen / Daniels, Publishers, 2000; 20 pages.
Musaics, New York: Spuyten Duyvil, 1992; 52 pages.