Research interests

  • Anglophone modernism
  • American Cultural Studies
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Border Studies, Spatial Geography, Environmental Humanities

Research projects

Justin Parks is Associate Professor of American Literature and Culture at UiT and the current coordinator of the Border Poetics/Border Cuture research group. He has published on modern and contemporary poetry and American cultural studies. His current monograph, provisionally titled "American Grains: Modern Poetry and Cultural Nationalism between the World Wars," investigates poetry’s role, alongside the social sciences, cultural criticism, and documentary, in exploring and problematizing definitions of "culture," a key concept of the interwar period. He is also currently beginning work on a second project that examines literary modernism in the United States through concepts derived from spatial theory and the environmental humanities.


Recent MA-level courses

  • The Development of the Novel: Transatlantic Novels and Narratives
  • William Faulkner and American Modernism
  • Modernism
  • Literature, Text, Education

Recent BA-level courses

  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Modern Poetry
  • B.A. Thesis Seminar

Topics for Supervision

  • Modernism (American, British, international)
  • American Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Poetry and Poetics

Publications in CRIStin

  • Parks, Justin. "Harry Smith, the Anthology, and the Artist as Collector". Routledge 2017 ISBN 9781472479204.s 65 - 81.

  • Parks, Justin. "Charles Reznikoff's 1934 Testimony and the Idiom of American Violence". Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 2017; Volum 59 (1). ISSN 0011-1589.s 49 - 73.s doi: 10.13110/criticism.59.1.0049.

  • Parks, Justin. Reading and Teaching Cathy Park Hong's Dance Dance Revolution beyond National Borders. American Studies in Scandinavia 2017; Volum 49 (2). ISSN 0044-8060.s 93 - 108.

  • Parks, Justin. "Muriel Rukeyser's Poetics of Extension and the Politics of the Documentary Image". Arizona Quarterly : A Journal of American Literatures, Culture, and Theory 2015; Volum 71 (1). ISSN 0004-1610.s 151 - 179.

  • Niemi, Minna Johanna; Parks, Justin. Home, Homelessness and the Wayward Subject in the Novels of James Joyce and Claude McKay. Peter Lang Publishing Group 2010; Volum 10 (1) ISBN 978-3-03911-409-2. ISSN 1662-0364.s 249 - 272.

  • Parks, Justin. "On Making Graven Images: The Racial Meanings of Death in a Walker Evans Photograph and Its Double". 2017.