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Jonathan P. Eburne

Jonathan P. Eburne

Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies
Preferred Pronouns: he, him
(814) 863-0968
455 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Jonathan P. Eburne

Fall 2023 Office Hours

Not teaching Fall '23


University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (2002)
Dartmouth College, A.B. in High Honors English and French, Magna Cum Laude (1993)

Professional Bio

Jonathan P. Eburne is Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies at Penn State. He is the author of Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), which received the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Society in 2020, and Surrealism and the Art of Crime (Cornell University Press, 2008); he is also the co-editor of four additional books: Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde (2017), The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons (2017), The Year's Work in the Oddball Archive (2016), and Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic (2013). He has also edited or co-edited special issues of Modern Fiction Studies, New Literary History, African American Review, Comparative Literature Studies, Criticism, and ASAP/Journal. Eburne is founding co-editor (with Amy J. Elias) and former Editor-in-Chief of ASAP/Journal, the scholarly journal of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (, and Past President (2015) of the association; he is also editor of the "Refiguring Modernism" book series at the Pennsylvania University Press, and founder and acting Past President of ISSS: The International Society for the Study of Surrealism.

Eburne's teaching and scholarly interests include international avant-garde movements, twentieth- and twenty-first century literature and the arts, and literary and cultural theory.

Areas of Specialization

Visual Culture

Avant-Garde Movements, Surrealism and Dada, Film, Pulp Fiction