Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D, January 1976 — Temple University
M.A., January 1972 — Temple University
B.A., May 1970 — St. Joseph’s College


“Under the Watch-mender’s Eye: The Simplifying Image of the Creator in Yeats’s Autobiography,” 1975, Alan Wilde, Temple University


Princeton University, Assistant Professor, 1976-1979
University of Pittsburgh, Mellon Fellow, 1982-1983


Assistant Professor, 1979





1. (Author)  Tragic Knowledge: Yeats’s Autobiography and Hermeneutics. New York: Columbia University Press, 1981. (Purchase from

2. (Co-editor)  The Question of Textuality: Strategies of Reading in Contemporary American Criticism. With Paul A. Bove and William V. Spanos. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982. (Purchase from

3. (Editor)  Why Nietzsche Now? Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985. (Purchase from

4. (Author)  The Romance of Interpretation: Visionary Criticism from Pater to De Man. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985. (Purchase from

5. (Author)  Lionel Trilling: The Work of Liberation. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988. (Purchase from Barnes and Noble)

6. (Author)  Radical Parody: American Culture & Critical Agency After Foucault: New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Reprinted in paperback, 1994. (Purchase from

7. (Co-editor) “Thinking Through Art: Aesthetic Agency and Global Modernity.”  (With Alan Singer). A Special Issue of Boundary 2, 25:1.

8. (Author)  Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003).

9. (Editor) “Global Freud,” JML, 25: 3/4 (Fall 2003).

10. (Co-editor) The Geoffrey Hartman Reader. With Geoffrey Hartman (Edinburgh/New York: Edinburgh and Fordham University Presses, 2004). Introduction, “The Culture of Vision” by Daniel T. O’Hara, pp. 1-10. (Purchase from Barnes and Noble)

11. (Co-editor) Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams: A Newly      Revised  Edition Based on the A. A. Brill Translation. With Gina MacKenzie, (New York, Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005). (Purchase from Barnes and Noble)

12. (Co-editor) Henry James Against the Aesthetic Movement. With David                     Garrett Izzo. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006. (Purchase from

13. (Author) The Art of Reading as a Way of Life: On Nietzsche’s Truth.                               Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2009. (Purchase from

14. (Author) Visions of Global America and the Future of Critical Reading.                           Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2009. (Purchase from

15. (Editor) The Philological Imagination. Special Issue of boundary 2: 37, 3 (Fall, 2010).

16. (Author) Narrating Demons: Rereading Genius in Mid-Century Modern Fictional Memoir. Ohio State University Press, 2012. (Purchase from


“The Irony of Tradition and W. B. Yeats’s Autobiography,” Boundary 2, 5, 3 (Spring 1977), 679‑710.

“The Designated Light: Irony in Emily Dickinson,” Boundary 2, 7, 3 (Spring 1979), 175‑198.

“The Temptations of the Scholar: Walter Pater’s Imaginary Portraits, in De‑structing the Novel, ed. Leonard B. Orr (Troy, NY: Whitston, 1982), pp. 65-111.

“The Unsummoned Image: T. S. Eliot’s Unclassic Criticism,” Boundary 2, 9, 1 (Fall 1980), 91‑24.

“Love’s Architecture: The Poetic Irony of Thomas Kinsella,” Boundary 2, 9, 2 (Winter 1981), 123‑135.

“The Prophet of Our Laughter: Or Nietzsche As—Educator?” Boundary 2, 9, 3/10, 1 (Spring-Fall 1981), 1-19.

“The Genius of Irony: Nietzsche in Bloom,” in Deconstruction in America: The Yale Critics, ed. Jonathan Arac, et al. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1983), pp. 109-132.

“Revisionary Madness: The Prospects of American Literary Criticism at the Present Time, Critical Inquiry, 9, 4 (June 1983), 726-742. Reprinted in Against Theory: Literary Studies and the New Pragmatism, ed. W. T. J. Mitchell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985), pp. 31-47. Reprinted, 1994.

“The Power of Nothing in Women in Love, Rhetoric,” Interpretation, Literature, ed. Stephen Maillous (Lewisberg, Bucknell University Press, 1984), pp. 127-142. Reprinted in Peter Widdowson, ad. D. H. Lawrence. (London & New York: Longman, 1992), pp. 146-159.

“The Approximations of Romance: Paul Ricoeur and the Ironic Style of Postmodern Criticism, in Literature and Philosophy, ed. William Cain (Lewisberg: Bucknell University Press, 1984), pp. 162-186.

“Appropriate Performance: Thomas Kinsella and the Ordeal of Understanding,” in Contemporary Irish Writing, ed. James Brophy (Boston: Twayne, 1985), pp. 88‑111.

“The Poverty of Theory: On Society and the Sublime,” Contemporary Literature, 24, 3 (Fall 1985), 335-350.

“Over Emerson’s Body,” CEA Critic, 49; 2-4 (Winter `86-Summer `87), 79-88.

“Yeats in Theory,” in English Poetry and Poststructuralism, ed. Christopher Norris (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

“The Reality of Theory: Freud in His Critics,” Criticism Across the Boundaries, ed. J. Buttigieg (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1987), pp. 177-201.

“What Was Foucault?” in After Foucault, ed. Jonathan Arac (New Brunswick: Rutgers University. Press, 1988), pp. 71-96. Reprinted, 1992.

“Between Marx and Freud: The Authority of the Commonplace in Cultural Criticism Today,” Contemporary Literature 28; 3 (Fall 1987), 409-415.

“Saving Ariel: Wallace Stevens and the Sexual Poetics of Late Capitalism,” Contemporary Literature, 29, 4 (Winter 1989), 624-631.

“Socializing the Sublime: The Unfinished Vision of American Renaissance Writers,” SAQ, 88, 3 (Summer 1989), 691-703.

“Lava-Writing: On Stevens and Feminism, A Status Report, 1988,” The Wallace Stevens Journal, 12, 2 (Fall 1988), 1-8.

“Notes from the Land of the Loss: Thomas Kinsella’s Latest Work, 1980-1987, Contemporary Irish Writing II, ed. James Brophy (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1989), pp. 75‑81.

“Mask Plays: Theory, Cultural Studies, and the Fascist Imagination,” Boundary 2, 17, 2 (Summer 1990, 129-154.

“Smiling Through Pain: The Practice of Self in The Rise of Silas Lapham in Donald E. Pease, ed. New Essays on The Rise of Silas Lapham (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991), 91-105.

“Michel Foucault and the Fate of Friendship,” Boundary 2, 18, 1 (Spring 1991), 83‑103.

“The Poetics of Critical Reading,” Poetics Today, 11:3 (Fall 1990), 661-672.

“On Becoming Oneself in Frank Lentricchia, Boundary 2, 19, 1 (Spring 1992), 230-254. Reprinted in Donald Pease, ed. National Identities and Postamericomat Narratives (Durham: Duke University Press, 1994), pp. 230‑254.

“John Cheever’s Contingent Imagination,” SAQ, 91,3 (Summer 1992), 675-694.

“Critical Change and the Collective Archive,” in Hays, ed. Critical Conditions: Regarding the Historical Moment (Minnesota, 1992), pp. 39‑55.

“Imaginary Politics: Emerson, Stevens, and the Resistance of Style,” in Schaum, ed. Wallace Stevens and the Feminine (Alabama, 1993), 58-79.

“Post-Theory,” Contemporary Literature, 34, 2 (Summer 1993), 321-326.

“The Return to Ethics,” boundary 2, 24:2 (Summer 1997), 145-156.

“The Quality of Judgment” in Review, 16, (1994), 251-269.

“Why Foucault No Longer Matters” in Miguesl-Alonzo, ed. Reconstructing Foucault. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994, pp. 139-158.

“Contagious Appearances: Nietzsche, Henry James, and the Critique of Fiction” in Nietzsche in American Literature and Thought, ed. Manfred Putz. Columbia, SC: Camden House, pp. 79-96.

“Lentricchia’s Frankness,” Boundary 2, 21:2 (Summer 1994), 40-62.

“Class,” in Lentricchia and McLaughlin, ed. Critical Terms for Literary Study, 2nd rev. ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995, pp. 406-428.

“Modernism from Right to Left: Wallace Stevens, the 1930s, and Literary Radicalism” by Alan Filreis, The Wallace Stevens Journal, 18:2 (Fall 1994), 221-224.

“Selected Literary Criticism of William Dean Howells,” 2 Vols. American Literary Realism, 1870-1910, 87-88.

The Pen Shop of Thomas Kinsella,” Boundary 2: 28, 2 (Summer 2001), 53-57.

“The Division of Yeats Studies,” Journal of Modern Literature: 24,3/4 (Summer 2001), 511-518.

“Recent Yeats Studies,” Journal of Modern Literature: 24, 3 /4 (Summer 2001), 518-525.

Dancer and Dance: Romantic Modernism and Critical Theory,” Soundings: 85, 3 /4, 361-380.

Modernism’s Global Identity: The Dogmatic Imagination in Yeats, Freud, and Beyond,” Journal of Modern Literature: 25, 3/4, (Summer 2002), 1-13.

The Spirit Medium: Yeats, Quantum Visions, and Recent Lacanian Studies,” Boundary 2: 29, 2 (Summer 2002), 87-108.

“Yeats With Lacan: Toward the Real Modernism, “Journal of Modern Literature: 26, 3 /4, 128-136.

Why Lacan?” Journal of Modern Literature: 26, 3 /4, 136-143.

Modernism’s Ghosts,” Journal of Modern Literature: 26, 3/4, 154-159.

Neither Gods nor Monsters: An Untimely Critique of the ‘Post/Human Imagination,” Boundary 2, 30,3, 107-122.

Reading Stevens with Lacan on the Real,”  (With Gina MacKenzie co-author), The Wallace Stevens Journal: 29,1 (Spring 2005), 72-81.

“On the Culture of the Real,” (With Gina Mackenzie), boundary 2, 32,3 (Summer 2005), 37-42.

“Figures of the Void: On the Subject of Truth and the Fundamentalist Imagination,” boundary 2, 33, 1(Spring 2006), 61-77.

“Bringing Out the Terror: James Purdy and the Culture of Vision,” boundary 2, 33, 2 (Summer 2006), 75-90.

“Toward Global Democracy: James Baldwin and the Stoic Vision of Amor Fati,” boundary 2, 33,3 (Fall 2006), 61-72.

“’The Aesthetics of Minor Affects,’” boundary 2, 34, 1 (Spring 2007), 197-208.

“’The Cry of Its Occasion’: On the Subject of Truth; or, The Terror in Global Terrorism,” boundary 2, 34, 2 (Summer 2007), 43-65.

Badiou’s Truth and the Office of the Critic: Naming the Militant Multiples of the Void,” boundary 2, 35,1, (Spring 2008), 169-176.

Review Essays:

“Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology,” JAAC, 36, 3 (Spring 1978), 361-365.

“The Freedom of the Master?” Contemporary Literature, 21, 4 (Autumn 1980), 649-661. On Graff’s Literature Against Itself and Bloom’s The Flight to Lucifer.

“The Irony of Being Metaphorical,” Boundary 2, 8, 2 (Winter 1980), 329-348. On One’s Interfaces of the Word and Ricoeur’s The Rule of Metaphor.

“The Romance of Interpretation: A Postmodern Critical Style,” Boundary 2, 8, 3 (Spring 1980), 259-284. On Undank’s Diderot and Said’s Orientalism.

“The Irony of Revisionism in Contemporary Criticism,” Contemporary Literature, 23, 1 (Winter 1982), 114-130. On Booth’s Critical Understanding and Lentricchia’s After the New Criticism.

“Harari, Josue. Textual Strategies,” JAAC, 39, 2 (Winter 1982), 101-105.

“The Ideology of Romance,” Contemporary Literature, 23, 3 (Summer 1982), 324‑340.

“The Mind’s Theatre,” ADE: Bulletin, (Summer 1982), 83-90. On Altieri’s Act & Quality.

“Culler, Jonathan. On Deconstruction and Roland Barthes, JAAC, 42, 3 (Spring 1984), 250‑259.

“Oscar Wilde and His Postmodern Heirs,” Contemporary Literature, 25, 2 (Spring 1984), 250-259.

“Philosophy of the Literary Symbolic. By Hazard Adams,” Modern Language Quarterly, 45, 3 (September 1984), 311-314.

“Fekete, John. The Structural Allegory,” JAAC, 45, 1 (Fall, 1986), 53-57.

“The Specialty of Self-Victimization in Recent Yeats Studies,” Contemporary Literature, 27, 2 (Fall 1986), 285-289.


“Virginia Woolf and the Wider World: The Letters, Vol. 2,” Sewanee Review, 85, 3 (Summer 1977), xc-xcii.

“Iser, Wolfgang, The Act of Reading,” JAAC, 37, 1 (Fall 1979), 88-91.

“Kinsella, Thomas, Song of the Night and The Messenger,” Eire-Ireland, 14, 1 (Spring 1979), 131-135.

“Lynch, David. Yeats: The Poetics of the Self,” JML, 7, 3/4 (1981), 647.

“Spanos, Wm. V. Martin Heidegger and the Question of Literature,” JAAC, 39, 2 (Winter 1981), 214-216.

“Dickinson, The Modern Idiom by David Porter,” Criticism, 24, 1 (Winter 1982), 87-90.

“Mendelson, Edward. Early Auden,” JML 19, 3/4 (1984), 618-619.

“Annual Review of the Year’s Work in Irish Studies,” Victorian Studies (Autumn 1983).

“Walter Pater: The Imagination of Fact,” ed. Philip Swallow,” Victorian Studies (Autumn 1983).

“Agon: Towards A Theory of Revisionism, by Harold Bloom,” Criticism, (Summer 1984).

“Halliburton, David. Poetic Thinking: An Approach to Heidegger, Comparative Literature, (Summer 1983).

“In the Spirit of the Letter, Or Revisionary Blindness No Less,” Le Degree Second, (Summer 1984). A Review of Handelman’s The Slayers of Moses: The Emergence of Rabbinic Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory.

“Blindness and Insight by Paul de Man,” Journal of the History of European Ideas, (Spring 1986).

“Bové, Paul, Intellectuals in Power: A Genealogy of Critical Humanism, JAAC (Summer 1987), 416-18.

“Wallace Stevens and the Critical Schools by Melita Schaum,” The Wallace Stevens Journal 12,1 (Spring 1988), 69-71.

“Joseph G. Kronick, The American Poetics of History: From Emerson to the Moderns, CLIO, 18, 1 (1988), 100-101.

N.B. In the last three years, I have also done a total of 60 signed reviews for the Journal of Modern Literature.


“The Poetic Impulse: An Interview with Thomas Kinsella,” Contemporary Poetry, 4, 1 (1981), 1‑18. This journal is now called Poesis.


“Narrative and Dramatic Devices,” Arete’s American Scholar’s Encyclopedia


“The Resistance of Style: A Response to James Bloom’s Review of Lionel Trilling: The Work of Liberation in American Literary History 2, 4 (Winter 1990), 781-783.

EDITED BOOKS PUBLISHED OR IN PRESS: see above and file of annual reports



Annual Modern Language Association Convention, 1976-85 Invited Talks at Universities of Alabama, Notre Dame, Illinois, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Dartmouth College, Moorestown, Abington, and German High Schools, 1976-88.


“Mann, Kristeva, and the Imaginary Father,” English Department Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, April 10, 1989.

“Paul de Man: An American Tale?” at the Critical Theory and Public Sphere Conference, Dartmouth College, May 26-28, 1989.

“Class and the Quality of Bewilderment in Late James” at NYU Conference on “Redefining Henry James’s Place in Culture” June 4-6, 1993; paper presented on Sunday, June 6 in the session chaired by Millicent Bell on “Henry James and Social Class.”

“Bewilderment and Illusion: The Measure of Judgment” at a Dartmouth Conference on “The U.S. and its Others” June 24-27, 1993. Paper was one of the three major addresses and it was given on Friday, June 25.

“Henry James’ Vision of Judgment” at MLA Special Session on “American Intellectuals at Century’s End, 1890s, 1990s,” December 29, 1994. Delivered by Paul A. Bové.

“The Return to Ethics: A Report from the Front” at Dartmouth on July 9, 1994.

See File of Annual Reports since 1994.


“The Cry of Its Occasion: The Roots of Terror and Modernist Poetry” (July 14, 2004: Dartmouth Conference on American Literature and Global Terrorism)

“Towards the Real Modernism: the Case of Wallace Stevens” (October 29, 2004: Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary Conference on Psychoanalysis and Culture).

“The Culture of Vision: Introducing Geoffrey Hartman” (December 28, 2004, Modern Language Association Annual Convention: Special Session Organizer and Presenter).

“Bringing Out the Terror: James Purdy and the Culture of Vision” (May 13, 2005, Dartmouth Conference of the James Purdy Society, Plenary Address).


Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1970
Taylor Award for Teaching, Princeton University 1977
Summer Research Grant, Temple University 1981
Mellon Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, 1982-83
Temple University Paul W. Eberman Research Award, 1993
First Mellon Term Professor, CLA, Temple University, 2003-04.

INVITED ADDRESSES: See File of Annual Reports


TEACHING:  1983-88


Eng. 501 (every Fall) Introduction to Graduate Study
Eng. 715, 742, 743, 850: Philosophy of Literature
Criticism, History of Literary Criticism, 20th c.
Literary Criticism, Sts. in Literary Criticism
Eng. 171: Literature and Criticism
CC 50, College Composition
Eng. 272: Sts. in Modern Poetry
IH 51 Honors
Intellectual Heritage Honors
Advanced Seminars in Modern literature for majors
Eng. 765, 766
Eng. 90
MLA 413, 411

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES: For the last five years, give names of students and title of projects.

Margaret Horn, 1983-84
Mary Tiryak, Spring 1985
Dan Goodman, Spring 1987
Tina Barr, Spring 1987
Doug Gunn, Spring 1988
Kathryn Zervos, MLA, SSI & II, 1994

Mary Tiryak, 1983-84
Lindsay Davies, 1984-85
Robin Nilon, 1984-85
Tina Barr, 1985-86
Susan Mellen, 1987-88


Ann T. Salvatore, 1983-84
Paul Bonila, 1985-89
Robin Nilon, 1987-
Peter Muckley, 1987-91
Jeff Ford, 1988-91
Jackie Murphy, 1988-89
Michael Carroll, 1988-90
Edward Belfar, 1988-90
Mary Tiryak, 1989-91
Peter Maguire, 1988-91
Tina Barr, 1989-
Mary Rigsby, 1988-91
Daniel Goodman 1989-
J. T. Barbarese, 1990-
Kirsten Pierce, 1992
Kathy Dillon, 1992-
Suzanne Gittleman
Vanessa Rasmussen
Lily Sprague
Meta Mazaj
Bruce Plourde
John Wells
Ganina Lagodsky
Elizabeth Adams
Gina Masucci MacKenzie

*see current workload agreement for additional names

Member of MLA and of MLA Delegate Assembly
Member of NEMLA
College English Association
Review Editor of Boundary 2: A Journal of Postmodern Literature and Culture
Editorial Board, Journal of Modern Literature
Research and Program Development, 1983-84
CAS Promotions Committee, 1986-89
CAS Graduate Committee, 1988-
Committee on CAS Interdisciplinary Programs
Writing Across the Curriculum Sub-Committee, 1983-84
Talks at various local High Schools (see talks)


MLA Delegate Assembly, 1994-96.
Review Editor, boundary 2, 1982-

Editorial Collective, boundary 2, 1990-
Review Editor, JML, 1999-
Editor, JML, 2003-


Member, GEEC, 2005-
President of Faculty Senate, Fall 2005
Vice-President of Faculty Senate, 2004-2005
Co-Chair, General Education Task Force, 2003-04.
Editor, The Faculty Herald, 2002-2004.
Vice-President, The Faculty Senate, 2003-04
President, The Faculty Senate, 2004-


See above


English Department Committees:

Promotions and Tenure (regularly)
Hiring (regularly)
Executive (on and off since 1984)
Graduate Executive (1984-)
Undergraduate (1983-85; 1992-)
Assistant to Graduate Chair (1984-85)
Undergraduate Chair (1985)
Graduate Chair (1987-1989)
Acting Dept. Chair, (Summers, 84, 85, 87, 88; Spring & Summer 1993)
Sub Committee on Graduate Curriculum revision `91-
Admissions Committee (50 files last year)

Administrative Positions:

Assistant to Graduate Chair (1984-85)
Undergraduate Chair (1985)
Graduate Chair (1987-1989)
Acting Department Chair (Summers, 84, 85, 87, 88; January-August, 1993)
Chair of the Department (July 1, 1995-)



Regular Press Reader for Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Columbia, Methuen, Rutgers, University of Illinois, Northwestern, University of Georgia, University of Chicago, Florida State University Presses, Wayne State University Press, University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University Press.

External Reviewer for Promotion and Tenure at Other Universities: Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Princeton, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan.


*For additional information, please see the file of Annual Reports for me. (since 1994) in the English Department Chair’s Office.



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