This is a position paper about a subject position.
Leah Middlebrook is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include poetry and poetics; comparative modernities; critical race studies; and the early modern literature and culture of Spain, the Spanish Americas, France, and Great Britain. She is the author of Imperial Lyric: New Poetry and New Subjects in Early Modern Spain (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009. Print.). She is co-editor, with Anthony J. Cascardi, of Poiesis and Modernity in the Old and New Worlds (Nashville: Hispanic Issues. Vanderbilt University Press, 2012. Print.) Currently, she is at work on two projects, a monograph on poetics titled, The Other Lyric: Singing, Stacking, Wrecking, and Reading in Europe and the Americas (1500 to the Present) and a discussion of feminine subject positions and discourses of emergency in early modern narrative, tentatively titled, Damas In Distress.