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Michael Hart

Michael Hart

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, 2019 - present

McCourtney Family Distinguished Graduate Fellow, 2013-2019

27 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2020: Zoom by appointment, preferably Tuesdays or Thursdays

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD English, Penn State University, 2019
  2. MA English, Penn State University, 2015
  3. BA English (with Honors), Rice University, 2010
  4. BA Mathematical Economic Analysis (with Honors), Rice University, 2010

Professional Bio

My scholarship focuses on modernism, especially its shifting ontologies in contemporary criticism, philosophy, and art. My book project, The Glass Canon, explores the academic formalization of English literary studies within the university as a means of internal institutional resistance. An excerpt from my first chapter is forthcoming in a Modernism/modernity Print Plus cluster on "Modern Institutions." I've published in Adaptation, the Hemingway Review, and the Journal of Modern Literature. I have another piece forthcoming in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction, 1980-2020 entitled "Illness and Disability Narratives."

I am currently teaching a course entitled "Inequality: Economics, Philosophy, and Literature" that explores the counter-history of capitalism. In the past, I taught Creative Writing at the Centre County Correctional Facility as part of Penn State's Restorative Justice Initiative and hope to restart that course once the pandemic ends. Likewise, I have previously taught the following courses: Sports|Ethics|Literature, Work and Literature, Post-45 American Fiction, Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition, Writing in the Social Sciences, Technical Communication and Business Writing.

I also work as a Research Assistant for the Hemingway Letters Project.

I was a Penn State Humanities Institute 2018 Summer Fellow and the Welch/Nagle Family Fellow in the Penn State College of Liberal Arts for the Fall of 2018.