Assistant Professor of English, teaches American literature, culture, and history at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2000-2001, he was a Fulbright visiting researcher at The University of Maryland (US). He holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Palacký University. He has published four scholarly monographs, Epiphany in American Poetry (2003), History of American Poetry (2006), Culture and Humor in Postwar American Poetry (2014), and The Culture of American Suburbs (2016). He has edited and co-edited seven books of literary and cultural studies criticism (such as Words into Pictures: E. E. Cummings’ Art Across Borders, 2007, and New Perspectives on American Poetry, 2015), and a volume of interviews with writers and scholars (Cultural Studies Alive, 2015). He has published many book chapters in collective monographs, several dozen articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, articles in volumes of conference proceedings, and many book and literature reviews. He also contributed poet entries to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry (Greenwood, 2006). Moreover, he has given twelve invited lectures at American and European universities and over fifty papers at international conferences. His current research focuses on the ethnic and spatial issues of identity construction in American and British literature and film.
The article analyzes an overlooked aspect of American suburban poetry—the writing of American women poets who deal with the problem of how to represent female identity. Drawing on the existing criticism of women’s poetry, a comprehensive survey of the suburban poems by American women poets, from the 1940s to the 2000s, is provided. The article documents the various approaches that these poets adopt in order to explore identity while resisting the gender stereotypization in American suburbia. These approaches include either embracing the suburban ideal of domestic conformity or attempting to present women suburbanites who reject the socially prescribed roles forced upon them and develop new identities of their own. (JF)