Literary and Cultural Studies 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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Alan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy

Professor of English

Office: BH 145 K

Phone: (412) 268-7175

Email: ak2w@andrew.cmu.edu

My primary academic interest is in the study of the art of literature. In particular I'm interested in the issue of how literature "communicates" and to that end, continue to work on trying to understand what could be known as "the rhetoric of literature," with particular attention to fiction as a focus for my writing. 

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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: jonklancher@cmu.edu

My research has focused on the British Romantic and Victorian periods, print history, and the sociology of culture.  I am especially interested in the emergence of new fields of knowledge in the early nineteenth century and am completing a book on this topic, Transfiguring "Arts & Sciences": Knowledge Fields and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age. 

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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 Newman

Kathy 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 145 C

Phone: (412) 268-2614

Email: rpurcell@andrew.cmu.edu

My primary field of study is late nineteenth, twentieth century and twenty-first century American literature and literary criticism. I have secondary interests in African-American literature, Film Studies and Cold War Studies. You can find some of my work in Critical Quarterly or on the radio as a commentator for National Public Radio. I have also worked in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Board of Education to develop a course on African-American literature for high school seniors.

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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 145 B

Phone: (412) 268-6458

Email: ks3t@andrew.cmu.edu

My interests are in feminist cultural studies, sexuality studies, and eighteenth-century British cultural studies. My first book, Divided Fictions, was among a handful of feminist reconsiderations of the novelist Frances Burney that helped to change the assessment of that writer during the 1980s. SexualSuspects, 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

Assistant Professor of English

Office: BH 245 M

Email: cnwarren@andrew.cmu.edu

I specialize in Renaissance literature as it relates to questions of politics, law, international political thought, and intellectual history.

My current book project investigates Renaissance literature’s complex and often-neglected contributions to the history of international law by reading Renaissance poets including Shakespeare, Donne, Grotius, and Milton in the dual contexts of literary history and the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century formation of international law.

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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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