Daniel T. O’Hara, Professor of English and Inaugural Mellon Term Professor of Humanities at Temple University, is the author of Tragic Knowledge: Yeats’s Autobiography and Hermeneutics (Columbia: 1981); The Romance of Interpretation: Visionary Criticism from Pater to De Man (Columbia: 1985); Lionel Trilling: The Work of Liberation (Wisconsin: 1988); Radical Parody: Culture and Critical Agency After Foucault (Columbia: 1992); Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (Duke: 2003); Visions of Global America and the Future of Critical Reading (Ohio State: 2009); The Art of Reading as a Way of Life: On Nietzsche’s Truth (Northwestern: 2009); and Narrating Demons, Transformative Texts: Rereading Genius in Mid-Century Modern Fictional Memoir (Ohio State: 2012).
He is also the editor or co-editor of five other books, including Why Nietzsche Now (Indiana:1985); and, with Gina MacKenzie, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (Barnes and Noble Classics: 2005); and, with Geoffrey Hartman, The Geoffrey Hartman Reader (Fordham: 2005), which won the 2006 Truman Capote Prize for the best volume of criticism for the previous year.
Professor O’Hara is also the review editor and founding member of the editorial collective of boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture; executive editor of the Journal of Modern Literature; and member of the editorial board of Annals of Scholarship.
He has been editor of The Faculty Herald, Vice-President and President of the Faculty Senate, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Chair of the Department of English.
He teaches a variety of courses, but his specializations are modern and contemporary literature and critical theory. All aspects of the imaginative revisionary process we call critical reading constitute the focus of his life-work. Currently, he is working on two book-projects, on the political readings of Saint Paul in contemporary theory and the self-revising, post-Nobel Prize texts of Samuel Beckett.