Steven Gould Axelrod

Steven Gould AxelrodProfessor

(951) 827-5301

Steven Gould Axelrod (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. UCLA) specializes in American literature. He has written Robert Lowell: Life and Art(Princeton University Press 1978) and Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words (Johns Hopkins University Press 1990), and he has co-authored Robert Lowell: A Reference Guide (G. K. Hall 1982) and American Poetry After 1945 (Palgrave/Macmillan forthcoming). He has edited or co-edited Robert Lowell: Essays on the Poetry (Cambridge University Press 1986), Critical Essays on Wallace Stevens (G. K. Hall 1988), Critical Essays on William Carlos Williams (G. K. Hall/Macmillan 1995), The Critical Response to Robert Lowell (Greenwood Press 1998), The New Anthology of American Poetry, Volumes 1-3 (Rutgers University Press 2002, 2005, 2012), and Robert Lowell’s Prose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux forthcoming). He has also published over fifty articles, most recently on Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and Amy Gerstler. Professor Axelrod won the UCR Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989, served as Department Chair in 1992-96, was the first holder of the McCauley Chair in Teaching Excellence in 1999-2002, and currently serves on the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2013-present).


The New Anthology of American Poetry: Volume 2: Modernisms, 1900-1950. (Ed. with Camille Roman and Thomas Travisano.) New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 2005, 800 pp. (Refereed.)

 The New Anthology of American Poetry, Volume 3 (Rutgers UP 2005).

“The Poetry of Sylvia Plath,” Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath (Cambridge UP, 2005).

“Plath and Torture,” Representing Sylvia Plath (Cambridge UP 2011).

“Discovering Sylvia Plath,” Plath Profiles (Vol. 5, Fall 2012).

“Elizabeth Bishop, History, and Politics,” Cambridge Campanion to Elizabeth Bishop (Cambridge UP 2014).

“Frost’s Political Identity,” Robert Frost in Context (Cambridge UP 2014).

Mrs. Reynolds: Gertrude Stein’s Anti-Nazi Novel,” Primary Stein (Lexington Books 2014).

“The Three Voices of Robert Lowell,” Cambridge Companion to American Poetry (Cambridge UP 2015).


President, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (2005-2006)

Editorial Board, Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry (2006)

President, Robert Lowell Society (2007-Present)

Editorial Board, Pacific Coast Philology (2011-Present)

Distinguished Service Award, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (2014)