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John Michael

Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of English

Areas of expertise: 19th and 20th Century American Literature, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies

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Valerie Alhart

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Identity and the Failure of America: From Thomas Jefferson to the War on Terror

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Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
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September 28, 2009

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Living up to American ideals is an endless struggle
September 09, 2008

Professor Michael specializes in 19th and 20th century American literature, critical theory, and cultural studies. His research interests include problematics of national identities in American literature and culture, contemporary relations between academic intellectuals and democratic politics, and the complex interrelations between the reading of literature, the demands of ethics, and the problems of historical knowledge. His latest book, Identity and Failure of America from Thomas Jefferson to the War on Terror, will be released this fall by the University of Minnesota Press. In it, Michael investigates the idealistic promise of American justice and equality.