University of Rochester
John Michael

John Michael

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Professor, English and Visual and Cultural Studies
Co-Chair, The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, 2003-2004
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  • Interests:
  • 19th- and 20th-century American literature, critical theory, and cultural studies
  • Problematics of national identities in American literature and culture
  • Contemporary relations between academic intellectuals and democratic politics
  • The complex interrelations between the reading of literature, the demands of ethics, and the problems of historical knowledge
  • Publications:
  • Anxious Intellects: Academic Professionals, Public Intellectual
  • Enlightenment Values and Emerson and Skepticism: the Cipher of the World
  • Articles on intellectuals and terrorism, globalization and politics, Emerson, Hawthorne, Poe, neo-pragmatism, the Frankfurt School, Eastern Europe, Stephen Hawking
  • Current book project is "Ahab's Crew: Obsession, Democracy, the American Subject from Jefferson to the War on Terror"
  • Graduate Courses:
  • ENG 540 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • ENG 552 Aesthetics, Identification and Power
  • ENG 543 American Cosmopolitanism