Jonathan Arac

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Andrew W. Mellon Professor

jarac@pitt.edu

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Jonathan Arac's main teaching interests are US literature and culture since 1820; British literature and culture 1740-1940; literary criticism and theory.

Jonathan Arac returned to Pitt in 2006 after five years at Columbia University, where he served as department chair. Since 1979 he has served on the editorial group of boundary 2. He is author of four published books on American and British fiction, poetry, and social criticism. Two new books are in their final stages:  Impure Worlds (Fordham Up) and Against Americanistics (Duke Up). He has also edited six published volumes of original essays by many hands on topics in criticism. His current work focuses especially on the novel in the US and on questions of language in American writing. In 2008 he became the founding director of the humanities center at the University of Pittsburgh, a project of the School of Arts and Sciences to foster advanced research.

Teaching

Language in American Literature; US Novel, 1850-1950

Undergraduate:
Introduction to Critical Reading
Junior Seminar on British Literature and Criticism 1740-1940
Senior Seminar on Literature and the Sublime;
Honors College course on Masterpieces of American Literature and Masterpieces of European Social Theory

Links

www.humcenter.pitt.edu

Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel
Jonathan Arac. Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel. Fordham University Press, 2010
Critical Genealogies: Historical Situations for Postmodern Literary Studies
Jonathan Arac. Critical Genealogies: Historical Situations for Postmodern Literary Studies. Columbia University Press, 1999
Huckleberry Finn As Idol and Target: The Functions of Criticism in Our Time
Jonathan Arac. Huckleberry Finn As Idol and Target: The Functions of Criticism in Our Time. University of Wisconsin Press, 1997
Consequences of Theory: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1987-88.
Jonathan Arac. Consequences of Theory: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1987-88. . The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990
After Foucault: Humanistic Knowledge, Postmodern Challenges
Jonathan Arac. After Foucault: Humanistic Knowledge, Postmodern Challenges. Rutgers University Press, 1988