Literary Theory

The English department offers a strong and diverse tradition of engaging various practices of literary and cultural theory, including narrative theory, feminism and queer theory, psychoanalysis, marxism and various modes of historicism and cultural engagement, deconstruction, postcolonial, transnational, and globalization theory, and legal theory. Individual faculty profiles describe specific interests in these regards.

Our Faculty

Faculty Bookshelf

author,The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment
Stanford University Press,2018
Editor,Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming
The MIT Press,2016
author ,Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction
Harvard University Press,2016
Author,Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing
Harvard University Press,2016
Author,Weapons of Democracy: Propaganda, Progressivism, and American Public Opinion
Johns Hopkins University Press,2015
Author,Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide
Wiley Blackwell ,2013
Co-Editor,The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies
Oxford Handbooks,2013
Co-Advisor ,Emily Dickinson Archive
Harvard University Press ,2012
Co-Editor, with Samuel Cohen,The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
University of Iowa Press,2012
,Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment
Palgrave Macmillan,2012
,Romantic Sobriety: Sensation, Revolution, Commodification, History
The Johns Hopkins University Press,2011
,The Grammar of Polarity: Pragmatics, Sensitivity, and the Logic of Scales
Cambridge University Press,2011
,Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship
Duke University Press,2011
Journal Editor,The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Penn Press,2011
,Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City
Yale University Press,2011
,Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections
Council on Library and Information Resources,2010
Author,Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire
Harper Perennial ,2009
,Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses
University of Minnesota Press,2008
,Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas
University of Minnesota Press,2008
Co-Editor,Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
The University of Virginia Rotunda Press,2008
Co-Editor, with Mary Loeffelholz,A Companion to Emily Dickinson
Wiley-Blackwell,2008
,Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination
MIT Press,2007
,Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations
University of California Press,2007
Editor,Reading Renaissance Ethics
Routledge,2007
Editor,The Iron Heel, by Jack London
Penguin,2006
Editor,The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather
Cambridge University Press,2005
Co-Editor, with Ryan Johnson,Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life
University of Minnesota Press,2005
,Designing Women: The Dressing Room in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture
,2005
Co-Editor,Tiep Can Duong Dai Van Hoa My: Contemporary Approaches to American Culture
Hanoi National University ,2000
,Fantastic Modernity: Dialectical Readings in Romanticism and Theory
Johns Hopkins University Press,2000
,Willa Cather: Queering America
Columbia University Press,1999
Co-editor, with Ellen Louise Hart,Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
Paris Press,1998
,The Story of All Things: Writing the Self in English Renaissance Narrative Poetry
Duke University Press,1998
Editor,Aemilia Lanyer: Gender, Genre, and the Canon
University of Kentucky Press,1998
Editor,O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Oxford University Press,1997
Editor,Northland Stories, by Jack London
Penguin,1996
,Sex Scandal: The Private Parts of Victorian Fiction
Duke University Press,1996
,Male Call: Becoming Jack London
Duke University Press,1996
,"Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers & Writers in the North (1830-1880)
Oxford University Press,1995
,The Romance of Failure
Oxford University Press,1989
Christina Walter, OPTICAL IMPERSONALITY (2105)
Author,Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism
Johns Hopkins University Press,2014

Upcoming Events

News

November 20, 2018
Jonathan Williams published a piece titled "Thomas Gray's Elegy and the Politics of Memorialization" in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, vol. 58 no. 3 (Summer 2018).
November 20, 2018
Justin Lohr and PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Elon University Heather Lindenman were recently published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
November 20, 2018
Nabila received the Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research and her story, "A Woman from Al-Tall Nourishes Faith, Family and Education," was recently featured in UMD GradTerp Magazine.
November 20, 2018
Last October Orrin Wang gave one of the plenaries at the annual International Conference on Romanticism in Greenville, SC.  The title of his keynote address was "Dream Animals: Kant, Hegel, Keats."  Earlier that month, Wang also presented a paper at the Tax of Quick Alarm Bicentennial Romanticism Symposium at George Mason University; the title of that talk was "The Gothic Zany." 
November 20, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Comparative Literature PhD alumnus, is now on the advisory board of a new journal, The Thornton Wilder Journal, to be published by Pennsylvania State University Press. 
November 16, 2018
In March, Alexa Swick received the Clemson English Annual Fiction Award, Second Place, for her short story, "Promise." In April, she read from "Promise" at Clemson University's 11th Annual Literary Festival.
November 16, 2018
Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes' short story "Ana Mendieta Haunts the Block" is forthcoming in The Common. She recently gave a reading at Little Salon in DC. This past summer she received fellowships from Hedgebook and Willapa Bay Artists in Residency.  
November 16, 2018
Jeremy will be taking part in the panel entitled "Genre, Speculative Fictions, and the Aesthetics of New Subjectivities" at the 50th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association conference in March. There, they will be presenting their paper "Free Will, Gravitational Forces, and the Formation of Identity: Coriolis in S.", an exploration of two physicists' theories of motion as metaphor in the metatextual, book-based ARG, S. 
November 16, 2018
Jesse Brooks's short story, "Besides a Dead Pony," will appear in the fall issue of The MacGuffin. 
November 16, 2018
John Macintosh recently published a peer commentary (co-authored with Ryan H. Nelson) on social reproduction, gender, and health justice in The American Journal of Bioethics. He has articles forthcoming in Studies in the Novel (51.4, 2019) and Post45: Peer Reviewed.

Prospective Students

Alongside the many occasional events and lectures concerning "theory" featured in the English Department, and highlighted on the home page of its website and its calendar, advanced students are also especially recommended to consider the special theory colloquia, often featuring distinguished guests, offered each semester by rotating faculty members