Bio & Publications


George Hartley teaches contemporary poetry and critical theory in the English Department at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

He was born on June 30, 1957 in Middleboro, Massachusetts. His father, now a portraitist, was a union iron worker. His mother is a housewife. He has two children, Katy and Dylan.

After graduating from Middleboro High School in 1975, Hartley got a degree in English at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He received his graduate degrees in English at the University of New Mexico (1980 and 1987).

He taught high school and middle school for five years. He taught for several years at Ohio State University before moving to Lawrence, Kansas and then to Athens, Ohio.



The Abyss of Representation: Marxism and the Postmodern Sublime. Forthcoming from Duke University Press

Textual Politics and the Language Poets. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989


ESSAYS (Print)

"Hegemony and Identity: The Chicano Hybrid in Francisco Alarcón's Snake Poems," Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 25.1 (Winter 2001): 281-305.

"Spivak's Sublime Subaltern," under review at Cultural Critique

"The Intestinal Drama of Kant’s Dinner Party," to be submitted to diacritics December 2000

"Althusser Metonymy China Wall." Reprinted in Poetics Journal 10 (June 1998): 122-129)

"Silence in Babel: On Nick Piombino," Fragmente 6 (1995): 66-72 [reprint]

"Silence in Babel: On Nick Piombino," Generator 6 (1994): 29-34

"Sublime Decadence and the Poetry of Sacrifice: Bataille, Language Poetry, and Sulfur 22," House Organ (1994)

"Althusser Metonymy China Wall." Journal of the Kafka Society of America 16.1 (June 1992): 40-45

"Context Needs a Contest: Poetic Economy and Bruce Andrews's Give Em Enough Rope." Rethinking Marxism 5.4 (Winter 1992): 89-113

"Nuclear Enchantment and Discourse." Open Letter 8.1 (Fall 1991): 11-18

"Heliotropic Discourse and Michael Palmer's 'Sun.'" Occident 103:1 (1990): 60-66

"Realism and Reification: The Poetics and Politics of Three Language Poets." Boundary 2 16:1,2 (1989)

"'Listen' and 'Relate': Jackson Mac Low's Chance-Operational Poetry." Sulfur 23 (1988): 189-203

The Sophist: A Play of Texts. Temblor 7 (1988): 85-8. [On Plato, Derrida, and Charles Bernstein.]

"Sentences in Space." Temblor 7 (1988): 89-91. [On Ron Silliman's The New Sentence.]

"Jameson's Perelman: Reification and the Material Signifier." Poetics Journal 7 (1987): 52-62


ESSAYS (Online)

"Sentences In Space." [On Ron Silliman's The New Sentence.] Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY-Buffalo. (

"Context Needs a Contest." [On Bruce Andrews's The New Sentence.] Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY-Buffalo. (

"'Listen' and 'Relate': Jackson Mac Low's Chance-Operational Poetry." Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY-Buffalo. (

"I Am Joaquín: Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales and the Retroactive Construction of Chicanismo."  Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY-Buffalo.


Review of The Essential Basho. Trans. Sam Hamill. In Primary Point 18.1 (Winter/Spring 2000).

"Rearticulating Marxism." [On Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Eds. Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg.] Socialist Review 19,2 (April-June 1989): 137-46

Review of Charles Bernstein and Bruce Andrews, The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book; Bob Perelman, Writing/Talks; and Barrett Watten, Total Syntax. In American Poetry 5,2 (Winter 1988): 70-4

"Barrett Watten on Poetry and Politics: An Interview by George Hartley." Sulfur 21 (Winter 1988): 196-207

"The Words Are Never Our Own." [On Ron Silliman, In the AmericanTree].Temblor 6 (1987):137-8

Review of Christopher Lasch, The Minimal Self. In Arizona Quarterly 42,1 (Spring 1986)



Iguana TimeBlaze VOX2k1 June 2001

Contrappunto. Central Park 17/18 (Spring/Fall1990): 86-93

Anthropomorph. Tyuonyi 5 (1989): 30-40


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