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Benjamin Schreier

Benjamin Schreier

Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies

Editor, /Studies in American Jewish Literature/

Room 111
224 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801

Mailroom: 136 Ritenour Building

University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 863-1724

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  1. BA with High Honors, Swarthmore College, English and Philosophy, 1994
  2. PhD, Brandeis University, English, 2003

Professional Bio

My work is anchored in post-1900 American and Jewish American literature and culture, and the major focus of my current research is an analysis of identity and intellectuality in literature and literary scholarship. I am dedicated to close reading and am ardent in my belief that literary critics need to theorize our reading practices.

Most recently, I have a new book, The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literature, forthcoming from NYU Press. I am also the author of The Power of Negative Thinking: Cynicism and the History of Modern American Literature (2009), which mounts a critique of the dominant historicism of Americanist literary study. And I am the editor of Studies in Irreversibility: Texts and Contexts (2007).

I regularly teach undergraduate courses on American literature, Jewish American literature, ethnic literature, critical reading, and American comedy. At the graduate level, I’ve recently taught seminars in American modernism, Jewish American literature, The New York Intellectuals and Intellectual Theory, and the 20th century American novel.

I am the new editor of Studies in American Jewish Literature, a journal published by Penn State Press.

Areas of Specialization

American Literature After 1900
Post-1900 American literature and culture; Jewish American literature and culture; Ethnic literature; Intellectuals and culture; Narrative nonfiction; Literary history
Modernist Studies
Post-1900 American literature and culture; New York Intellectuals; Cold War liberalism; Statism, identitarianism, and national discourse; Modernism and postmodernism; Habits of thought and recognition; Literary history
Contemporary Literature
Post-1900 American literature and culture; Jewish American literature and culture; Ethnic literature; Novelty; Cold War and post-Cold War culture; Intellectuals and culture; Narrative nonfiction
Theory and Cultural Studies
Theory of identity and identification; Critique of historicism; Statism; National and nationalist discourse; Modernism and postmodernism; Habits of thought and recognition; Reactionary formations; Literary history and literary critical orthodoxies; Intellectuals; Philosophy and literature; Aesthetics
Race and Ethnicity Studies
Jewish and Jewish American literature and culture; Theory of identity and identification; Ethnic and identitarian legibility; American ethnic literature; New York Intellectuals; National and nationalist discourse; Metropolitanism and Cosmopolitanism; Habits of thought and recognition; Aesthetics