LCS Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Marian Aguiar

Marian Aguiar

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 145 L

Phone: (412) 268-3714

Email: aguiar@andrew.cmu.edu

My fields of expertise include culture and globalization, postcolonial and transnational studies. I have a particular interest in the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. My research has focused on the question, "What does it mean to be modern?" My first book, Tracking Modernity: India, Trains, and the Culture of Mobility (University of Minnesota, 2011), explores cultural representations of modernity by considering how the railway was imagined in colonial, nationalist and postcolonial South Asian contexts.

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Jon Klancher

Jon Klancher

Professor of English, Director of Literary and Cultural Studies Program

Office: BH 245 F

Phone: (412) 268-2852

Email: jk2@andrew.cmu.edu

My research has focused on the British Romantic and Victorian periods, print history, and the sociology of culture. My latest work is a published book on the emergence of new fields of knowledge in the early nineteenth century, Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age (Cambridge University Press, Fall 2013).

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Peggy Knapp

Peggy Knapp

Professor of English

Office: BH 145 J

Phone: (412) 268-6453

Email: pk07@andrew.cmu.edu

I am especially interested in what can be discovered about imaginative and argumentative texts from medieval and early modern England through the use of literary and aesthetic theory. I founded and for many years edited an annual book series called Assays: Critical Approaches to Medieval and Renaissance Texts, an international forum for the discussion of those questions.

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Kathy M. Newman

Kathy M. Newman

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 145 N

Phone: (412) 268-6450

Email: kn4@andrew.cmu.edu

My primary interest is in the relationship between "mass culture" and the "masses"---the dialectical relationship between our institutions of television, film, radio, and print culture and our social/political formations (Raymond Williams).

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Richard Purcell

Richard Purcell

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 245 B

Phone: (412) 268-2614

Email: rpurcell@andrew.cmu.edu

Generally speaking my research explores the relationship between race and what Foucault called the processes of subjectification in the twentieth and twenty-first century. I teach courses in post-WWII and contemporary American literature, critical theory, African-American literature, film and popular music. I am currently co-directing the Listening Spaces Project with Professor Richard Randall in Music. I am the author of Race, Ralph Ellison and American Cold War Intellectual Culture (Palgrave 2013).  

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David R. Shumway

David R. Shumway

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 J

Phone: (412) 268-7176

Email: shumway@andrew.cmu.edu

I research and teach in American culture and cultural theory. My special interests in American culture include film, popular music, and late nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. My theoretical interests concern the historical and institutional production of knowledge, cultural politics, and theories of identity.

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Kristina Straub

Kristina Straub

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 K

Phone: (412) 268-6458

Email: ks3t@andrew.cmu.edu

My interests are in feminist cultural studies, sexuality studies, performance studies, and eighteenth-century British cultural studies. My first book, Divided Fictions, was among the first feminist reconsiderations of the novelist Frances Burney and Sexual Suspects, a book about actors and ideologies of sexuality in eighteenth-century Britain, helped to direct theater and feminist studies of the early modern period toward a now-burgeoning interest in performance and its cultural contexts, particularly how sexuality is imagined in popular culture.
 

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Christopher Warren

Christopher Warren

Associate Professor of English

Office: BH 245 M

Email: cnwarren@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests include digital humanities, law and literature, political theory, early modern literature, global studies, and the history of political thought.

Fundamentally, I’m fascinated by the histories that readers use to make sense of texts. When Thomas Hobbes in 1640 wrote, “Of our conceptions of the past, we make a future,” he formulated not just a key dimension of his distinctive human psychology but the exceptional stakes of our historical narratives. As a scholar of early modern literature and culture, my questions emerge from the ways disparate histories enable and disable certain kinds of analyses and futures.

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Jeffrey Williams

Jeffrey Williams

Professor of English

Office: BH 245 P

Phone: (412) 268-1977

Email: jwill@andrew.cmu.edu

What is criticism for? What does it mean to be a cultural critic? I've tried to answer that question in a range of essays, such as "The Posttheory Generation" and "The New Belletrism," as well as in a series of interviews, some of which are collected in Critics at Work: Interviews 1993-2003 (NYU, 2004). One aim of criticism that I think is especially important is to look at the state of higher education, and I have focused particularly on student debt, for instance in "Debt Education" and "Student Debt and the Spirit of Indenture," both in Dissent.

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