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Jeremy Lowenthal

Research Interests

Transatlantic modernism, media and sound studies, and trauma theory

Jeremy Lowenthal is an English Ph.D. candidate and general education literature (GEL) instructor at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on the role that postwar radio played in shaping literary representations and cultural and scientific understandings of trauma. Jeremy’s first article on this topic, “Traumaphonic Rift in Sylvia Plath’s Aerial Poetics,” is forthcoming in Modernism/modernity. There, he explores how the radio shaped Plath’s famous representations of personal and collective loss. Jeremy’s follow-up article, “Sound in Memoriam: Airing Trauma on the BBC Third Programme” (under review), extends this work to consider how the productions of the Third (1946-1967) shaped the British listening public’s engagement with the history of the Second World War more broadly. 

Jeremy came to the University of Iowa after earning his B.A. in political science at the University of California, Davis, in 2013, and his M.A. in the humanities at the University of Chicago in 2015. In Chicago, he also worked as a legal writer for Hudson Legal Group, an immigration law firm, and as an adjunct instructor at Harold Washington College, where he taught introductory courses in literary studies and composition.