jaime brunton


Jaime Brunton, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in critical and literary theory. Research areas include aesthetics and politics, 20th- and 21st-century American poetics, and psychoanalytic theories of art, film, and literature. Her article "Biopolitical Masochism in Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present" is forthcoming in Camera ObscuraBrunton is the co-author, with Russell Evatt, of The Future Is a Faint Song, winner of the Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Competition.





  • Poetics
  • 20th- and 21st-century American experimental poetry
  • Critical & Literary Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Political Theory

current projects

"Biopolitical Masochism in Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present (2010)." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. (forthcoming)

“Whose (Meta)modernism?: Metamodernism, Race, and the Politics of Failure.” (article under review)

Biopolitics & Representation after Same-Sex Marriage (book manuscript in progress)

watershed critical theory blog posts

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On Zakiyyah Iman Jackson's "Outer Worlds: The Persistence of Race in Movement 'Beyond the Human'"

Humanities on the Edge Article Review: Cristina Rodríguez

Daniel Tiger and the Politics of Difference

Are You in the Wrong Bathroom?: Uncanny Androgyny

Nostalgia and Melancholia

Competing Nostalgias and the Politics of the Accessible Poem

Whose Nostalgia?: Mad men writing about "Mad Men"

Nostalgia in Motion



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"Sentences on Didactic Art" (SPECS journal of arts and culture)

"Q & A with the Artist" (SPECS journal of arts and culture)

"You Are a Flash in this Young Night" (Tupelo Quarterly)

"Experience" (OmniVerse)

"What Art Is Left" (DIAGRAM)

"Tall Grass Waving" (The Journal)

"Returning" & "Speaking" (The 2River View)

Publications List

Poetry Chapbook

The Future Is a Faint Song (with co-author Russell Evatt). Dream Horse Press, 2014.                  

Poems in Journals

“Sentences on Didactic Art,” “Q & A with the Artist.” specs journal of arts and culture (2014): 6.

“You Are a Flash in This Young Night.” Tupelo Quarterly (2013): 1.

“The Empire’s Longevity,” “The Order of Things.” Denver Quarterly (2013): 48.1.

“Tall Grass Waving.” The Journal (2012): 36.2.

“What art is left.” DIAGRAM (2011): 11.6.

“The Mute Swan.” The Cincinnati Review (2011): 8.1.

“My Life as Roland Barthes: compétence/expertise.” Mid-American Review (2010): 30.1/2. 

“Rise,” “This Light.” The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review (2010): 36.

“Poem Beginning with a Line from Lorca,” “My Life as Roland Barthes: nuit/night,” “My Life as Roland Barthes: classe/class.” Harpur Palate (2010): 9.1. 

“Winter,” “In Jackson, Michigan.” roger: an art & literary magazine (2010): 5.

“My Life as Roland Barthes: aide/help,” “My Life as Roland Barthes: déception/disappointment.” Hotel Amerika     (2010): 8.1.

“Reclaimed Land, Saltlick Township Road.” Passages North (2010): 31.1.

“Direction,” “A loon calls out, another answers,” “Optimism.” Salamander (2009): 15.1. 

“On the Pandemic.” Poet Lore (2009): 104.3/4.

“On Love.” CutBank (2009): 71.

“Returning,” “Speaking.” The 2River View (2009):13.4.

“Bus Stop at Severance’s Store, Corner of East Main & Shipman.” Babel Fruit (2009): 4.1.

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The Future Is a Faint Song

by Russell Evatt & Jaime Brunton


The Future Is a Faint Song, winner of the Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Competition, is a collaborative poetry collection by Russell Evatt and Jaime Brunton.




6.18.15 Lincoln, NE Indigo Bridge Books w/ Sarah Chavez @7pm

9.12.15 San Antonio, TX, The Twig Book Shop w/ Russell Evatt @6pm

9.23.15 Champaign, IL The Pygmalion Festival  w/ Russell Evatt