I am interested in poetry in any and all forms, in any and all languages. I am motivated by how poetry and poetic language exist simultaneously at the periphery and center of literature, society, and the mind and how poems dwell in and extends these limits. Thus, my primary foci are the intersections of poetry and philosophy (existentialism, phenomenology, as well as cognition and experience more broadly). In addition to exploring the experience(s) of poetry, how poetry embodies experience, and how reading poetry is a unique intellective activity beyond cognition, I am also thematically interested in borders, limits, silence, “nothing,” and concepts of ineffability and unspeakability in a broad sense. I am particularly interested in how Language poetry and ecopoetry articulate these questions, as well as how mysticism figures into the experience of poetic language. My research is primarily in modern Swedish, German, and English literature, but occasionally French and Russian show up.
Off campus, I enjoy rowing, hiking, running, spazieren gehen, cats, dogs, and water. I grew up on a farm in Minnesota.
- Harmon, Bradley. "Review of Sju Grenar by Katarina Frostenson", Swedish Book Review, 2019, no. 1-2.
- “Någonting har hänt: Roy Anderssons filmskapande och det moderna Sverige by Daniel Brodén and Songs from the Second Floor: Contemplating the Art of Existence by Ursula Lindqvist," Scandinavian Studies, forthcoming.
- "The Ethics of Representation in the Cinema of Roy Andersson"
- Harmon, Bradley. "Edith till fots: Anteckningar om språklig, världslig och kosmisk rörelse hos Edith Södergran," Historiska och litteraturhistoriska studier