(New York City)
Yale University (M.A. 1963)
Clare College, Cambridge (1963-64)
Yale University (Ph.D. 1967)
(Dissertation: The Divided Self: A Study of Keats’ Poetic Development. Director: Harold Bloom)
Phi Beta Kappa (1961)
Danforth Fellowship (1961-66)
Kellett Research Fellowship, Cambridge (1963-64)
Chamberlain Fellowship for junior faculty (1969-70)
Society for Religion in Higher Education, post-doctoral fellowship in interdisciplinary study (1969-70)
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1973-74)
NEH Summer Stipend (1975)
ACLS Fellowship (Spring 1977)
Nomination, National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism (1978)
Fulbright Fellowship, travel (1980-81)
Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship (1981-82)
NEH Fellowship (1986-87)
Mellon Fellow, National Humanities Center (1989-90)
Resident Scholar, Rockefeller Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy (June-July 1994).
Instructor in English, Columbia (1966-67)
Asst. Prof. of English, Columbia (1967-71)
Assoc. Prof. of English, Queens College (1971-75)
Faculty, Ph.D. Program in English, CUNY (1974- )
Professor of English, CUNY (1976- )
Visiting Professor of English and American Studies, University of Paris-VIII, St. Denis (Fall 1980)
Faculty, Ph.D. Program in Theatre, CUNY (1987- )
Director, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, CUNY Graduate Center (1978; new seminar, 1988)
Distinguished Professor of English, CUNY (1994- )
Executive Committee, Ph.D. Program in English, CUNY (1977-79; 1985-86; 1987-89; 1992-98; 2007- ). Also, Chair, Curriculum Committee (1985-86); member, Presidential Search Committee for new Executive Officer (1985-86); Faculty Membership Committee (1987-89; 1991-92); Dissertation Committee (1987-89); Admissions Committee (1990-92); Faculty mentor to new students (1991- ).
Coordinator, American Studies program, CUNY Graduate School (l988-96). Chair, Search Committee for Distinguished Professor of Italian-American Studies, Queens College (1994-95).
Executive Committee, Film Studies Certificate Program, CUNY Graduate School (1993-2007), Acting Coordinator (2002-03); American Studies Certificate Program (1998- ).
Founding Director, Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center (1993-2000), senior fellow (2000- ). Member, Internal Development Committee, CUNY Graduate Center (1994-95); Member, Provost Search Committee (1998). Chair, Committee on Graduate Center’s 40th-anniversary celebration (1997-2000); Member, Central Faculty Steering Committee (2003- , Chair, 2007-8 ).
External member, humanities study commission, New School University (1999), tenure committee (2002).
Activities in Literature and Scholarship:
First Reader, American literary Anthology, ed. George Plimpton (New York, 1968)
Panelist and Participant, conference on “Literature and Culture,” Noordwijk, Netherlands (1970)
Delivered paper on Coleridge, MLA (1970)
Associate, Seminar on Theory of Literature, Columbia University (1972-98)
Humanities Consultant, Basic Books (1972-1980)
Contributing Editor, Partisan Review (1972-2003)
Commentator and Participant, Rockefeller Foundation
Conference on the humanities, organized by Partisan Review (May 1974)
Lecturer, City College (March 1974), University of Maryland (October 1974), Williams College (November 1974)
Delivered paper, “Matthew Arnold Then and Now,” English
Institute, Harvard University (August 1975)
Chairman and organizer, panel on contemporary fiction,
English Institute, Harvard (September 1976)
Lecturer, Shelley Society of New York (1976)
Participant, conference on intellectuals, New York
Institute for the Humanities, NYU (1976)
Delivered paper on “New York and the National Culture” at symposium sponsored by NY State Council for the Humanities (December 1976), published in Partisan Review (#2, 1977)
Delivered lecture on “The Romantic Sublime,” CUNY symposium on Romanticism (April 1977)
Commentator on panel on “Ethnicity and Culture,” American Studies Association meeting (Oct. 1977)
Lecture, “The Sixties from the Point of View of the Seventies,” Mercantile Library (December 1977)
Gates of Eden chosen as one of the Best Books of 1977 by the editors of the NY Times Book Review (January 1, 1978)
Lectures on “The Aesthetics of Popular Culture,” Columbia Seminar on American Civilization, the Columbia Graduate Students Union (February 1978), and the Yale Comparative Literature Colloquium (December 1978)
Commentator on two panels for the convention of the Organization of American Historians (April 1978)
Delivered paper, “Blake’s Reading of Freud,” Columbia Seminar on Theory of Literature (February 1979) and Duke University (April 1979)
Delivered paper on the films of Frank Capra, panel on popular culture, first annual CUNY English Forum (April 1979); proceedings published by AMS Press (New York, 1985)
Film Critic, Bennington Review (1979-83)
Judge, Melville Cane Prize, Poetry Society of America (1979)
Delivered paper on Practical Criticism and Critical Theory, conference on criticism, Boston University (September 1979); published in abridged form in Partisan Review (#1, l981)
Delivered paper on Chaplin and Comedy, YIVO conference on “Jews, Cities, and Modernist Culture,” New York (April 1980); revised version at NEMLA convention, Quebec (April 1981)
Commentator, panel on popular culture, conference on criticism, New School for Social Research (June 1980)
Delivered lectures at the University of Orleans (Dec. 1980), the University of Tours (Jan. 1981), the Middlesex Polytechnic Institute, London (Jan. 1981), the Institute for United States Studies, London University (Feb. 1981), and the Polytechnic of Central London (Feb. 1981), all under the auspices of the Fulbright Commission
Lecturer, Princeton University, American Studies series (April 1981)
Member, supervising committee, MLA section on the British Romantic Period (1981-85; chair, 1984)
Lecturer, Bard College (December 1982)
Member, National Society of Film Critics (1983- )
Delivered two lectures at Williams College (Feb. 1983)
Elected to Board of Directors of National Book Critics Circle (1983-86; 1986-89; Vice-President for Programs/East, 1986-87)
Judge, Hemingway-PEN Prize for first fiction (1983)
Humanities Consultant, Ethnic Authors Program, Queens Borough Public Libraries and Queens College, NEH grant (1983-87)
Delivered paper, “Keats and Politics,” and participated in symposium on book-reviewing, MLA convention (December 1983)
Lecture on Orwell and 1984, Orwell conference, William Patterson College (January 1984)
Lecture on 1930’s intellectuals and critics, DSA Socialist Scholars Conference (April 1984).
Read paper on American Art 1958-64, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (November 1984).
Delivered paper on Lionel Trilling at MLA convention, Washington (December 1984); organized and chaired three panels on “The Romantic Ego”; served as respondent for panel on “Keats and Politics.”
Delivered illustrated lecture on horror films, New School for Social Research (February 1985).
Commentator on Lukacs and the Historical Novel, Lukacs centennial conference, New School (April 1985).
Delivered lecture on culture of Depression years, Queens College Library Week (April l985)
Organized and introduced conference on “Deconstruction and Criticism: The Legacy of Paul de Man,” with grant from New York Council for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center (April 1985).
Delivered lecture and participated in symposium with David Halberstam on the 1960s, Lafayette College (April 2-3, 1986).
Advisory Board (Conseil), Revue Francaise d’Etudes Americaines, journal of the French Association for American Studies (1986-2003).
Lecture, “Wordsworth and the Bliss of Solitude,” 19th-Century Society, Columbia (April 19, 1986).
Chaired panel on “Philosophy and Film,” Astoria Museum of the Moving Image (April 19, l986).
Lecture on Nathanael West, A Cool Million, Keene Valley Public Library, Keene Valley, NY, May 19, 1986).
Spoke at panel on “Literary New York,” Center for American Culture, Columbia (October 20, l986).
Commentator, with Edmond Volpe, on Meet John Doe and the films of Frank Capra, CUNY-TV, “Cinema Then, Cinema Now” (October 1986).
Delivered papers at MLA convention on “The Bliss of Solitude” (Wordsworth) and “Out of the Past” (on Sunset Boulevard and other films of Billy Wilder), New York (December 28 & 30, 1986).
Fellow, New York Institute for the Humanities (1986- )
Organized and chaired panel on book-reviewing, NBCC annual meeting (January 29, 1987).
Gave talk on Nathanael West and The Day of the Locust, Lafayette College (April 1987).
Introduced and interviewed Alfred Kazin, CUNY-TV, “Writers Review” (October 2, 1987).
Participated in panel on culture, Sag Harbor Initiative, Sag Harbor, NY (October 10, 1987).
Presented NBCC Award in poetry to C.K. Williams. Text published in NBCC Journal (May 15, 1988). Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 56, ed. Roger Matuz (Detroit: Gale, 1989).
Gave paper on Godwin and Caleb Williams at symposium on “Romanticism and Criminal Justice” at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (February 26, 1988).
Gave talk on Margaret Bourke-White and Walker Evans at the International Center for Photography, New York (March 21, 1988).
Gave paper on Michael Gold and Henry Roth at the biennial conference of the European Association for American Studies, West Berlin (March 29, 1988).
Gave talk at panel on Russell Jacoby’s The Last Intellectuals at Socialist Scholars Conference, New York (April 9, 1988), with response by the author.
Gave paper on Sunset Boulevard at Comparative Literature conference, CUNY (April 15, 1988).
Respondent to a paper by Jacques Derrida, “The Politics of Friendship,” CUNY Graduate Center (Sept. 15, 1988).
Gave talk on Steve Stern’s Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven at Yivo Institute, annual conference (Oct. 17, 1988).
Lectured on Nathanael West, A Cool Million, Chester Public Library, Chester, NY (Nov. 15, l988).
Lecture, “The Breaking Point: 1968,” SUNY-Brockport (Nov. 30, 1988).
Read paper on Steinbeck’s social novels at Univ. of Southern California (March 15, 1989) and Steinbeck conference, San Jose State (March 17, 1989).
Read paper on N.Y. World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964 at Columbia Seminar of American Civilization (April 27, 1989).
Introduced reading by Gunter Grass and read parallel English translations, Queens College (May 2, 1989).
Panel discussion, “Film and Politics in the 1930s,” CUNY Graduate Center (May 10, 1989).
Keynote lecture, “The City as Text: New York as a Literary Idea,” biennial convention of the Italian Association for North-American Studies, Porto Conte, Sardinia (Oct. 10, 1989).
Two lectures on “Literature and Society” at NEH Sociology colloquium, Rutgers/Newark (Oct. 24-25, 1989).
Panel on interdisciplinary study in NEH Summer Seminars, MLA convention (Dec. 29, 1989).
Slide lecture, “Documenting the Depression,” Duke University school of Continuing Education (Feb 1, 1990).
Public lecture, “Beyond the American Dream: Cultural Themes of the 1930s,” National Humanities Center (April 19, 1990); CUNY Academy (March 12, 1993).
Lectures and interviews in Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia; keynote address at conference of Australia-New Zealand American Studies Association (June-July, 1990). Co-sponsored by USIS.
Addressed conference on “The Changing Culture of the University,” Boston Public Library (Nov. 2, 1990).
Moderator, PEN public forum, “Whose Literary Canon is it Anyway?” with Edward Said, Camille Paglia, Arnold Rampersad, Catherine Stimpson, and David Bromwich, at New York University (Feb. 25, 1991).
“Convergence: How Jewish Writing Has Changed,” lecture at Williams College (Feb. 26, 1991).
“Cinema Then, Cinema Now,” CUNY-TV, commentary on Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion, with Roger Greenspun (taped 12/12/90, first televised 4/27/91)
Advisor, documentary film on “Modernism Between the Wars,” ArtsAmerica, Inc. (1991-92)
Advisor and commentator, Arguing the World, documentary film by Joseph Dorman on New York intellectuals, Riverside Productions (1991-98)
Advisor, Small Press Center, exhibition and conference on small presses and multiculturalism (1991-92)
Lecture at La Salle University, Philadelphia, on American culture in the 1930s (Sept. 26, 1991)
Read dramatized lecture on New York writers from Poe to Bellow for Radio National, Australia (taped 6/90; broadcast 9/22/91)
Delivered paper at conference on “Reading in America,” University of Paris VII (Dec. 13, 1991). Proceedings published in Cahiers Charles V (1992).
Delivered paper on postwar social problem films, MLA convention, San Francisco (Dec. 28, 1991)
Forum on “Opening the Curriculum,” CUNY Graduate Center (March 6, 1992).
Delivered keynote address, conference on the 1930s, Youngstown State University (May 1, 1992).
Paper, “The Defiant Ones?: Liberal Filmmakers and Hollywood Stereotypes,” CUNY Graduate Center (May 15, 1992).
Paper, “The Figure of the Poet,” International Shelley conference, New York Public Library (May 20, 1992).
Chaired panel on “Fitzgerald and Biography,” Fitzgerald conference, Hofstra University (Sept. 25, 1992).
Lecture, “Canons and Modern Culture,” Hall Center, University of Kansas (Oct. 15, 1992).
Lecture, “The Bible as Literature: Genesis,” Queens College (Oct. 23, 1992); National Council of Jewish Women, Forest Hills (Jan. 19, 1993).
Keynote address, conference on “Celine: His American Presence,” Duke University (Oct. 30, 1992).
Keynote address, conference of German and American literary magazines, Goethe House (Nov. 12, 1992).
Lecture, “Multiculturalism and Literature,” Cumberland School, Great Neck (Nov. 19, 1992).
Panel on Michael Gold’s Jews Without Money; organized & chaired special session on cultural criticism. MLA convention, New York (Dec. 28-29, 1992).
Paper, “The Hardboiled Narrative: From Fiction to Film,” Narrative: An International Conference, Albany, NY (April 2, 1993).
Panel on Peter Feibleman’s Cakewalk, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge (June 7, 1993).
Paper, “A Glint of Malice: The Imagination of Mary McCarthy,” Mary McCarthy conference, Bard College (October 22, 1993).
Organizer and moderator, panel on contemporary criticism, with David Denby, Mary Gordon, and Edward Rothstein, New York Public Library (November 16, 1993).
Board member, New York Council for the Humanities (1994-2001); Executive Committee and Chair of Grants Committee (1995-2001 ); Council Vice-Chair (1997-2001); Board member Emeritus (2001-8 ).
Organized workshop on “Political Correctness and other Cultural Conflicts of the 1990s,” TIKKUN conference, Columbia University (Jan. 17, 1994).
Organized inaugural conference of the Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate School, on “The Humanities and the City,” CUNY Graduate School (March 9, 1994)
Organized conference on “Irving Howe and His World,” CUNY Graduate School (April 15, 1994).
Panel discussion on the legacy of Irving Howe, “MetroView,” CUNY-TV (broadcast June 1994).
Panel discussion on Woodstock Festival, with Kurt Vonnegut, Martha Bayles, Jim Miller, “Think Tank,” PBS syndication (August 1994).
Respondent to paper on James Baldwin, American Civilization seminar, Columbia (Sept. 22, 1994).
Panel discussion on E.L. Doctorow’s The Waterworks, “The Usual Suspects,” BBC-Scotland (Sept 27, 1994)
Roundtable discussion with Martin Duberman, Louis Menand, Sharon Zukin, James deJongh on “The Intellectual and the City,” in thesis (Fall 1994).
“The Last of the Public Intellectuals,” on Edmund Wilson, Mercantile Library (April 5, 1995).
Organized conference in honor of Alfred Kazin, “In the American Experience”; delivered paper on Clifford Odets (May 12, 1995).
Talk on literary context of On the Road, conference on “The Writings of Jack Kerouac,” NYU (June 6, 1995)
“Looking at Hopper,” introduction to symposium on “Edward Hopper and American Literature,” CUNY Graduate School (Sept. 29, 1995).
Organized conference on “The Revival of Pragmatism,” CUNY Graduate School (Nov. 3-4, 1995). Edited the papers for Duke University Press (1998).
Editorial consultant, Encyclopedia Brittanica (1995- )
Delivered memorial tribute to Henry Roth (1906-1995), Museum of the City of New York (Feb. 29, 1996). Published in Jewish Quarterly, London (Fall 1996).
Organized and introduced panel, “Keats at 200: A Bicentennial Tribute,” CUNY Graduate Center (March 8, 1996).
Lecture on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Library Week, Queens College (April 17, 1996); Phi Beta Kappa lecture, City College (May 20, 1996); Princeton Fitzgerald conference (Sept. 21, 1996); Great Neck Library (Sept. 24, 1996).
Organized and introduced conference, “The Future of the Welfare State,” tribute to Michael Harrington, CUNY Graduate School (April 26, 1996).
Live discussion of Orwell’s Animal Farm, Mara Tapp Show, WBEZ-FM, Chicago (August 16, 1996).
Paper for panel on New York Intellectuals, American Sociological Association (August 19, 1996).
Lecture on Jewish-American writers, sponsored by Jewish Book Council and Jewish Quarterly, London (Nov. 27, 1996); Hebrew University, Jerusalem (March 30, 1997); UC-Berkeley (Nov. 10, 1997); Queens College, Distinguished Professor series (April 29, 1998); New York Public Library (Jan. 27, 1999); SUNY-New Paltz (Nov. 17, 1999).
Chaired panel on Joseph Dorman’s film Arguing the World, Jewish Museum (Jan. 26, 1997).
Forum on “The Critic as Writer,” with Alfred Kazin, Barnes & Noble, New York (Jan. 30, 1997).
Lecture on “Intellectuals, Universities and the Mass Media,” Rider College (April 17, 1997).
Faulkner Centennial Program, Algonquin Hotel, New York (Sept. 22, 1997).
Keynote lecture, “The Modern Writer as Exile,” Nassau Community College (Oct. 23, 1997).
Paper, “Is Religious Poetry Possible?,” MLA convention, Toronto (Dec. 30, 1997).
Lecture on writing about the 1930s, Biography Seminar, New York University (February 18, 1998).
Keynote lecture, conference on “The Beats and Beyond: The Counterculture of the 1950s,” Dutch American Studies Association, Middleburg (June 3, 1998).
Paper, “Roots of the Counterculture,” NY Institute for the Humanities” (March 12, 1999); conference on Legacy of the 1960s, LBJ Library, Austin (May 13, 1999).
Organized conference on “Ralph Ellison and American Culture,” CUNY Graduate Center (May 10, 1999).
Paper, “Can These Bones Live?: Biography and Cultural History,” Wyoming English Conference, Laramie, WY (June 17, 1999).
Fiction judge, Koret Book Awards, 1999.
Lecture, “Hard Times For Poets: Social Suffering and the Literary Imagination,” Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas (Oct. 26, 1999); also, American Civilization Seminar, Columbia (January 20, 2000).
Associate, American Civilization Seminar, Columbia (1999- ).
Discussion of John Ford, The Iron Horse, CUNY-TV, City Cinematheque, with Jerry Carlson (January 2000).
Lecture, “Aaron Copland’s America,” Education program, Carnegie Hall (February 26, 2000).
Lecture, “The Return of the Jewish American Writer,” Jewish Book Week 2000 (London), sponsored by the Jewish Book Council and the TLS (March 5, 2000).
Panel on D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, Americanist Group, CUNY Graduate Center (March 23, 2000).
Fiction judge, Koret Book Awards, 2000; guest speaker, awards presentation ceremony, Harvard Club (April 10, 2000).
Organized conference on “Law, Literature, and Culture,” CUNY Graduate Center (May 12, 2000).
Directed Mellon Seminar, “Issues in interpretation: The Culture of the Cold War” (June 1-29, 2000).
Lecture, “Roots of the Counterculture: The 1950s Revisited,” Emory University (Nov. 20, 2000).
Faculty panel on Twain and Huckleberry Finn, CUNY Graduate Center (Nov. 30, 2000).
Fiction judge, Koret Jewish Book Awards, 2001.
Lecture, “Hollywood, the American Dream, and the Great Depression,” CUNY Graduate Center (April 30, 2001).
Contributing Editor, The Common Review (2001- )
Paper, “Designing Metropolis,” conference on “Architecture and Mystery,” Ph.D. Program in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center (May 4, 2001).
Conversation with Ilan Stavans on memoir and language, Eldridge Street Project, New York (Sept. 30, 2001).
Introduced reading by Amos Oz, 92nd Street Y (October 2001).
Paper, “Jews and Power,” conferences on Jewish-American writing, Princeton (Oct. 23, 2001) and (read in absentia) Oxford (Oct. 28, 2001).
Discussion of Jean Renoir, The Southerner, City Cinematheque, CUNY-TV (December 2001).
“Steinbeck and the Great Depression,” keynote address, Steinbeck centennial conference, Hofstra (March 21, 2002); lectures on Steinbeck, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook (April 1, 2002), Mercantile Library (April 17, 2002).
Organized symposium, “Film Culture, Past and Present,” in honor of Stanley Kauffmann; chaired panel, “Movie Love and Film Art” CUNY Graduate Center (April 30, 2002).
Introduced Stanley Kunitz reading the poems of Anna Akhmatova, CUNY Graduate Center (May 8, 2002).
Faculty Lecture, “Adventures in Literary History: The Midcentury Generation,” CUNY English Program (May 10, 2002).
TimesTalks panel discussion, “Revisiting the Fifties: Cold War Culture,” with Norman Mailer and Patricia Bosworth, CUNY Graduate Center (May 20, 2002).
Conversation with Brian Morton and Philip French on the work of Jackson Pollock, BBC-Scotland (May 23, 2002).
Panel on Ellison’s Invisible Man, Chicago Humanities Festival (November 1, 2002).
Panelist, Bing Crosby centennial tribute, Hofstra University (October 2002).
Lecture, “Jews and Power,” Center for Holocaust Studies, CUNY Graduate Center (November 2002).
Chaired session on the work of Lionel Trilling, MLA conference, New York (December 27, 2002).
Round table discussion of I.B. Singer’s Shadows on the Hudson, with Ron Rosenbaum and Jonathan Rosen, Temple Ansche Chesed (March 9, 2003).
Lecture, “Literature and the Real World,” University of Texas at El Paso (April 3, 2003).
Read paper on Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell Centennial Conference, Wellesley College (May 2, 2003).
Lectures on the 1950s and on Leopards in the Temple, Rider College (Feb. 27, 2003); Riverdale Jewish Center (May 18, 2003); CUNY Graduate Center, Library Associates (May 20, 2003).
Live panel discussion on criticism, ODYSSEY, WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio (July 18, 2003).
Received George Hendricks Research Award from the James Jones Literary Society for Leopards in the Temple. Delivered keynote address at annual meeting, Austin (Oct. 11, 2003).
Introduced reading by John Updike, 92nd Street Y, New York (Oct. 27, 2003).
Introduced Irving Howe lecture by A.B. Yehoshua, CUNY Graduate Center (Nov. 19, 2003).
Organized and moderated panel on “The World of Pulp,” with Robert Polito, Luc Sante, Maria DiBattista et al (Dec. 2, 2003).
Contributed to symposium on little magazines, Paris Review, Anniversary issue (Winter 2004).
Chaired panels at Key West Literary Seminar, “Crossing Borders,” on immigrant literature (Jan. 8-11, 2004). Broadcast in part on C-Span2 (Jan 24, 2002).
Taped round-table discussion of I.B. Singer for the Library of America (Jan. 26, 2004). Audio and transcript on LOA website. Transcript published in The Singer Album, ed. Ilan Stavans (NY: Library of America, 2004).
Paper on American Modernism for conference on “The State and Fate of Modernism,” Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas (February 20, 2004).
External member, ad hoc tenure and promotion committee, Columbia University (March-April 2004).
Lecture, on American Modernism, Dartmouth (May 18, 2004).
I. B. Singer centennial programs: introduced program at 92nd Street Y (Oct. 4, 2004); public conversation with Ilan Stavans, CUNY Graduate Center (Oct. 6, 2004); lecture, “Shadows: I.B. Singer and the Holocaust,” Mercantile Library (Oct. 13, 2004), Smithsonian Institution (Feb. 13, 2005), Brooklyn Public Library (May 8, 2005).
Introduced Burnshaw lecture, Charles Simic, CUNY Graduate Center (Nov. 5, 2004).
Rodrigue Lecture on Kate Chopin and The Awakening, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (Nov. 11, 2004).
Lecture and seminar, “Literature and the Real World,” Liberal Arts College, Concordia University, Montreal (March 10-11, 2005).
Council member and Vice-President, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, 2005-06.
Lecture, Critics and Brunch series, 92nd Street Y (December 18, 2005).
Paper, “Between Two Worlds,” conference on “The Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature,” Indiana University (March 23, 2006).
Lecture, “Joyce, Lawrence, and the Way to Modernism,” Julian B. Kaye Lecture in James Joyce Studies, Brooklyn College (April 6, 2006).
Participated in “A Tribute to Paul Zweig,” with C.K. Williams, Adam Gopnik, Galway Kinnell, and Robert Bly, Poets House (May 2, 2006).
Moderated panel on Scribblers on the Roof and American Jewish writing, with Marshall Berman, Alan Mintz, and Judith Shulevitz, Temple Ansche Chesed (May 21, 2006).
Lecture, “Odets, Clurman, and the Great Depression,” Odets centennial conference, CUNY Graduate Center (June 5, 2006).
Swig Jewish Studies Lecture, “Between Two Worlds: New Immigrant Voices,” Univ. of San Francisco (Sept. 12, 2006).
President, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, 2006-07. Wrote “President’s Column” (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall 2007, ALSC Newsletter). Organized annual conference, Chicago (Oct. 12-14, 2007). Presidential address (Oct. 12, 2007).
Keynote lecture, conference, “The Sense of Our Time: Norman Mailer and America in Conflict,” Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin (Nov. 9, 2006).
Editorial Board, The Mailer Review (2007- )
Discussion of Lewis Milestone’s film version of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, with Jerry Carlson, City Cinematheque, CUNY-TV (April 2007).
Panelist, conference on Mailer and the Pentagon march, Georgetown University (Oct. 19, 2007).
Introduced and led discussion of film by Andrzej Wajda, Korczak, Museum of the Jewish Heritage (Jan. 30, 2008).
Panelist, discussion of literary adaptation and Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, CUNY Graduate Center (March 17, 2008).
Keynote lecture, “Dancing in the Dark: Sounds and Sights of the Great Depression,” American Studies conference, CUNY Graduate Center (April 18, 2008).
Moderator, panel on postwar American culture, with Gary Giddins, Anne Roiphe, and Irving Sandler, Jewish Museum (May 8, 2008).
Convener, seminar on “Literary Magazines: Meeting Places,” ALSC conference, Philadelphia (Oct. 25, 2008).
Panel, “The Great American Novel Revisited,” Chicago Humanities Festival (Nov. 1, 2008).
Organized and moderated panel, “Jewish Intellectuals and the Writing Life,” with Steve Zipperstein, Ruth Franklin, Daphne Merkin, and Edward Rothstein, CUNY Graduate Center (April 29, 2009).
Lecture, “Why So Many Jews Have Become Writers,” Temple Adas Israel, Sag Harbor (July 19, 2009).
Panel, “Making Sense of Hard Times: Culture and Crisis in the Great Depression,” with Peter Conn, Alice Kessler-Harris, Molly Haskell, and Gary Giddins (moderator), CUNY Graduate Center (Sept. 21, 2009).
Keynote, Creative Time Summit, “Art and Social Crisis,” New York Public Library (Oct. 24, 2009).
Keynote, Creative Time Summit, “Art and Social Crisis,” New York Public Library (Oct. 24, 2009). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0tHiaG3yCc.
Additional lectures and readings about the 1930s at Harvard Book Store (Cambridge), Politics and Prose (DC), First Person Arts Festival (Philadelphia), Ransom Center (Austin), Tenement Museum (NY), Columbia University, New-York Historical Society, Camden County College (NJ), Savannah College of the Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and others archived here.
Moderated panel on “The Future of Criticism,” tribute to Roger Shattuck, with Denis Donoghue, Christopher Ricks, Liesl Schillinger, Center for Fiction (April 17, 2010).
Delivered Commencement Address, CUNY Graduate Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (June 2, 2010).
Dancing in the Dark nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Wins Ambassador Book Award in American Studies from English-Speaking Union (awarded June 10, 2010).
Moderated program on film with Daniel and Toby Talbot, Jewish Center of the Hamptons (August 2, 2010).
Moderated panel on arts funding with Rocco Landesman, Kate Levin and others, Philoctetes Center, NY Psychoanalytic Institute (Sept. 25, 2010).
Lecture, “The Reign of the Novel and the Rise of Film Culture,” Lionel Trilling Seminar, Columbia University (May 2, 2012). Respondents: Maria DiBattista, Mark Greif.
The Catalyst, literary supplement of the Daily Californian, Berkeley (August 1973).
Some 30 radio and television interviews on the publication of Gates of Eden (March-June 1977) “Good Morning America,” ABC television network, on the films of the 1970’s (12/24/79) BBC-3 interview on the work of Lionel Trilling (broadcast October 1977, abridged transcript in The Listener, 12/16/77, complete transcript in Three Honest Men, Edmund Wilson, F.R. Leavis, Lionel Trilling: A Critical Mosaic, ed. Philip French [Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1980])
BBC-3 interview with Philip French on Gates of Eden (broadcast November 1977, transcript published in Encounter, June 1978; also in Arabic translation)
Interview by Wollhee Choe for South Korean journal, first published in Korean translation, original transcript, revised, in New York Arts Journal (September 1980)
Leonard Lopate, “New York and Company,” WNYC, on the photography of Margaret Bourke-White (March 1988).
Interviewed by E.J. Dionne Jr. for front-page article on Vietnam and the 1960’s, N.Y. Times (8/23/88); interviewed by Jack Cole on same topic for WFYI, Phoenix (8/24/88).
Interviewed, with Jerry Rubin, by Robert Hirschfield, “Cityscope,” WNYC-TV (January 25, 1989). Distributed on cassette by PBS Adult Learning.
Interviewed by Bill Geist on CBS-TV, “Sunday Morning,” on World’s Fair of 1939 (May 7, 1989)
Interviewed by Wayne Pond for “Soundings,” syndicated public radio broadcast from National Humanities Center (taped 11/89; broadcast 5/20/90).
Interviews on publication of Double Agent: Scott Heller, Chronicle of Higher Education (April 7, 1993); “Derek McGinty Show,” WAMU-FM, Washington (Nov. 17, 1992); Wayne Pond, “Soundings” (taped 10/92; broadcast 1/93)–excerpts published in Ideas, National Humanities Center (Winter 1993), 60-62; Philip Howe, “Late Night Live,” Australian Broadcasting Company (June 16, 1993).
Interviews on public intellectuals, “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” Wisconsin Public Radio (Jan. 30, 1994); Janny Scott, New York Times (August 9, 1994).
Interviewed for BBC-TV documentary on Joseph Heller (August 1994; broadcast October 1994).
Interviewed by Bill Tush for CNN on Vietnam war films (April 28, 1995).
Interviewed by New York Times and WABC-News on Columbia student protests (April 15, 1996).
Interviewed by New York Times (March 1996) and Spiegel-TV (July 1996) on “Three Tenors” concerts (broadcast, Aug. 1996).
Discussion of the legacy of Alfred Kazin, Los Angeles Public Radio (June 1998).
Interviewed by Michael J. Bandler for journal of U.S. Information Agency, U.S. Society Society & Values (June 1998).
Interviewed for PBS documentary on the American Novel, “American Masters” series, June 2000 (broadcast 4/4/07).
Interviewed by Avon Kirkland for PBS documentary on the work of Ralph Ellison, “American Masters” series, September 2000, broadcast February 2002.
Interviewed for BBC radio documentary on the life and work of Louis-Ferdinand Celine, November 2000.
Interviewed by James Campbell for BBC-3 series on little magazines, (broadcast April 2001).
Interviewed by Leonard Lopate, “New York and Company,” WNYC (April 30, 2002).
Interviewed by Scott McLemee for cover story on Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Chronicle of Higher Education (May 4, 2001).
Interviewed by Ambrose Clancy on The Graduate, Los Angeles Times (May 14, 2002).
Transcript of interview by Daphne Eviatar, Arts and Ideas section, New York Times (June 22, 2002).
Interviewed by Annette Hinckle for profile, Sag Harbor Express (July 18, 2002).
Interviewed by Roger Rosenblatt, WLIU (August 2002).
Interviewed (6/12/02) by Robert S. Boynton, minnesota review (fall 2002). Reprinted Critics at Work: Interviews, 1993-2003, ed. Jeffrey J. Williams (New York: NYU Press, 2004).
Interviewed by Melissa Block, “All Things Considered,” NPR, on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Jan. 2, 2004).
Interviewed by Caroline Kim-Brown for article on I.B. Singer, Humanities (Summer 2004).
Interviews on Dreiser, Fitzgerald, and Bellow in Michael Epstein’s “Novel Reflections of the American Dream,” PBS/American Masters (April 2007).
Interviewed by Chris Scherer for documentary, “Realism: The Artistic Form of the Truth,” Films for the Humanities and Social Sciences, DVD (April 2007).
Interviewed by Kerri Miller on youth in Depression and recession, Minnesota Public Radio (March 11, 2009).
Interviewed by Anthony Mason for CBS “Sunday Morning” (March 15, 2009).
Interviewed by Jeff Greenfeld about the Depression and the current recession, CBS “Evening News” (March 26, 2009).
Interviewed by Leon Neyfakh on Dancing in the Dark, New York Observer (August 17, 2009).
Interviewed by Krista Walton, AARP Bulletin (October 2009).
Audio/Video interviews about Dancing in the Dark archived here.
Interviewed by Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Education (March 10, 2010).
Interviewed about Dancing in the Dark by Prairie Public Radio (September 8, 2010).
Podcast, “Dreamers: The Rise and Fall of Writer Delmore Schwartz,” interview with Liel Leibovitz August 11, 2011). http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/books/74011/dreamer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=long-story-short.
Interviewed for “Soul Music: Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” music by Irving Berlin, BBC4 (broadcast Sept. 13, 2011).
Reference — Work Discussed In:
Contemporary Authors, vols. 85-88 (Detroit: Gale, 1980), pp. 143-45.
World Authors 1975-1980, ed. Vineta Colby (New York:H.W. Wilson, 1985).
Leitch, Vincent B. American Literary Criticism from the Thirties to the Eighties (NY: Columbia Univ. Press, 1988).
World Authors 1985-1990, ed. Vineta Colby (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1995). Includes autobiographical essay.
Keats and His Poetry: A Study in Development. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971. Paperback edition, Phoenix Books, University of Chicago Press, 1974.
Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties. New York: Basic Books, 1977. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, 1978. Paperback edition, Basic/ Colophon Books, 1978. Chinese translation (Shanghai: Foreign Language Education Press, 1985, reprinted 1987). Japanese translation (Tokyo, 1986). With new introduction, New York: Penguin Books, 1989. New edition, with new introduction, Harvard University Press, 1997. New Chinese edition, 2007.
Great Film Directors: A Critical Anthology, edited by Leo Braudy and Morris Dickstein, including a general introduction and 23 brief introductions to the work of individual directors. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1978.
Double Agent: The Critic and Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992; paper, 1996. Readers’ Subscription, alternate (Feb. 1993). [Reviews: NY Times, LA Times, Wall St Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times Book Review, NY Review, The Nation, TLS, Independent (London).] Chapter 3 reprinted in Theory’s Empire: An Anthology of Dissent, ed. Daphne Patai and Will H. Corral (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.
The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays on Social Thought, Law, and Culture, edited collection of 25 essays, with introduction and bibliography. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998.
Fiction and Society, 1940-1970, in the Cambridge History of American Literature, vol. 7, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. NY and Cambridge: Cambridge U Press, 1999. Separate edition with new Preface, introductory chapter, and bibliography, Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 2002. [reviewed in The New Yorker (5/13/02), NYTBR (5/19/02),Slate (6/2-4/02), LA Times Book Review (7/21/02), Wash. Post (7/28/02), Tikkun (Nov.-Dec. 2002), TLS (11/15/02)]
“The Critic and Society: 1900-1950,” 25,000-word chapter for the Cambridge History of Criticism. Vol. 7, ed. A. Walton Litz, Louis Menand, and Lawrence Rainey. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000. [reviewed in the TLS, 9/15/00]
A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World, a collection of literary essays. Princeton University Press, 2005. [reviewed in The New Yorker, Washington Post, Boston Globe, TLS (1/6/06), and Times Higher Education Supplement]
Paperback edition, Princeton, 2007. Chinese translation with new preface (2008). Reviews archived here.
Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, New York: W. W. Norton, 2009. Excerpted in Double X, The Big Money, and The Root. Reviewed in NY Times, NY Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Washington Post, TLS, The Nation, The New Republic, New York Review of Books, Boston Globe, Newsday, Los Angeles Times, NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Reviews archived at www.morrisdickstein.com. Nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, 2010. Received 2010 Ambassador Book Award in American Studies, English-Speaking Union. Paperback edition, New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.
Robert Frost. Critical Insights. Essays edited with an introduction by Morris Dickstein. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010.
The Great Gatsby. Critical Insights. Essays edited with an introduction by Morris Dickstein. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010.
James Baldwin. Critical Insights. Essays edited with an introduction by Morris Dickstein. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2011 (forthcoming).
II. Essays and Reviews—
“The Faith of a Vicar: Reason and Morality in Rousseau’s Religion,” Yale French Studies 28 (Fall-Winter 1961-62).
“Reality Public and Private,” review of Herbert Gold, The Age of Happy Problems, Partisan Review (Fall 1962).
“‘The Imagination of Disaster’,” review of Ivan Gold, Nickel Miseries, Partisan Review (Summer 1963).
Review of Geoffrey H. Hartman, Wordsworth’s Poetry 1787-1814, Partisan Review (Winter 1966).
“For Art’s Sake,” short essay on Saul Bellow and modernism, Partisan Review (Autumn 1966).
“Gielgud’s Ivanov, or Chekhov Without Tears,” Salmagundi (Spring 1967).
“The Newer Criticism,” review of R.P. Blackmur, A Primer of Ignorance, Commentary (January 1968).
Review of Northrop Frye, The Modern Century, Partisan Review (Winter 1969).
Review of The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford, The New Republic (March 8, 1969).
Review of L. Woiwode, What I’m Going to Do, I Think, The New Republic (May 3, 1969).
Review of Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, The New Republic (June 28, 1969).
“Allen Ginsberg and the 60’s” (long essay), Commentary (January 1970). Reprinted in Portuguese translation in Commentario (Sao Paulo); in The New Consciousness, ed. Albert J. LaValley (Cambridge, Mass.: Winthrop, 1972); in part in The Impact of War on American Life, ed. Keith L. Nelson (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1971); in French translation in Informations et Documents (Paris).
Front-page review of Donald Barthelme, City Life, New York Times Book Review (April 26, 1970). Reprinted in various languages in publications of the United States Information Agency. English version in Dialogue (Washington) and The American Review (New Delhi); French version in Informations et Documents (Paris); Spanish version in Facetas. Reprinted, with additional material, in Critical Essays on Donald Barthelme, ed. Richard F. Patteson (New York: G.K. Hall, 1992).
3,500-word article on the life and work of Keats for new edition of Collier’s Encyclopedia (1971).
Front-page review of Norman Mailer, Of a Fire on the Moon, New York Times Book Review (January 10, 1971).
“The Black Aesthetic in White America” (long essay), Partisan Review (Winter 1971-72).
Front-page review of Bernard Malamud, The Tenants, New York Times Book Review (October 3, 1971). Reprinted in Critical Essays on Bernard Malamud, ed. Joel Salzberg (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1987).
“Wright, Baldwin, Cleaver,” for special issue of New Letters devoted to Richard Wright (Winter 1971). Reprinted in Richard Wright: Impressions and Perspectives, ed. David Ray and Robert Farnsworth (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1973).
Review of Thomas R. Edwards, Imagination and Power: A Study of Poetry on Public Themes, New York Times Book Review (January 18, 1972).
Contribution to a symposium on cultural conservatism, Partisan Review (Summer 1972).
Review of C.K. Williams, I Am the Bitter Name (poems), Parnassus: Poetry in Review (Fall-Winter 1972-73).
“Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the ‘Conversation Poems'” (long essay), Centennial Review (Fall 1972).
Review of Rudolph Wurlitzer, Quake, New York Times Book Review (October 22, 1972).
Review of Leonard Kriegel, Working Through: A Teacher’s Journey in the Urban University, N.Y. Times Book Review (November 19, 1972).
“After the Fall: An interview with Morris Dickstein,” transcript by David Reid, The Catalyst, literary supplement of the Daily Californian, Berkeley (August 1973).
Front-page review of Franz Kafka, Letters to Felice, N.Y. Times Book Review (September 30, 1973).
“Cold War Blues: Notes on the Culture of the Fifties” (long essay), Partisan Review (Winter 1974). Reprinted in Writers & Politics: A Partisan Review Reader, ed. Edith Kurzweil and William Phillips (Boston & London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983).
Front-page review of Philip Roth, My Life as a Man, N.Y. Times Book Review (June 2, 1974).
Front-page review of Richard Holmes, Shelley: The Pursuit (critical biography), N.Y. Times Book Review (June 22, 1975).
“Fiction Hot and Kool: Dilemmas of the Experimental Writer” (essay), TriQuarterly 33 (1975). Selected for inclusion in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, ed. Bill Henderson (New York: Pushcart Press, 1976).
“The Working Press, the Literary Culture, and the New Journalism” (essay), Georgia Review (Winter 1976).
“Black Humor and History: Fiction in the Sixties” (essay), Partisan Review (#2, 1976). Reprinted in The Sixties, ed. Gerald Howard (NY: Washington Square Press, 1982; new edition, NY: Paragon House, 1991). In Black Humor: Critical Essays, ed. Alan R. Pratt (NY & London: Garland, 1993). In Polish translation in critical anthology, Nowa Proza Amerykanska: Szkice Krytyczne, ed. Zbigniew Lewicki (Warsaw, 1983). In German translation, 1987.
“Seeds of the Sixties: The Growth of Freudian Radicalism” (essay), Partisan Review (#4, 1976)
Review of Joseph Frank, Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt 1821-1849, N.Y. Times Book Review (November 21, 1976).
“Reconsiderations: C. Wright Mills,” The New Republic (January 29, 1977).
Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Seven Days Magazine, (March 14, 1977).
“Winding Down the Sixties” (brief essay), The Nation (May 21, 1977).
“New York and the National Culture” (text of a paper read at a symposium sponsored by the N.Y. Council for the Humanities), Partisan Review (#2, 1977).
Review of C.K. Williams, With Ignorance (poems), N.Y. Times Book Review (July 3, 1977).
Review of the collected essays of Paul Goodman in three volumes, Nature Heals, Creator Spirit, Come!, and Drawing the Line, N.Y. Times Book Review (November 6, 1977).
Review of Amos Oz, The Hill of Evil Counsel (fiction), N.Y. Times Book Review (May 28, 1978).
“Gates of Eden,” transcript of a BBC interview conducted by Philip French, Encounter (June 1978).
Review of Gunter Grass, The Flounder (fiction), N.Y. Times Book Review (November 7, 1978). Reprinted in Critical Essays on Gunter Grass, ed. Patrick O’Neill (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1987).
“Bringing It All Back Home” (on Vietnam films), Partisan Review (#4, 1978).
Review of two anthologies edited by James Monaco, Media Culture and Celebrity, American Film (November 1978).
Review of Andrew Sarris, Politics and Film, American Film (March 1979).
Review of Joseph Heller, Good as Gold, Saturday Review (March 31, 1979).
“Moral Ambiguity in the West,” on the Western films of John Wayne, In These Times (June 27-July 3, 1979). Reprinted in They Went Thataway, ed. Richard Jameson (San Francisco, CA: Mercury House, 1994).
“Remembering F.W. Dupee,” Partisan Review (#3, 1979). Also appeared under the title “A Precious Anomaly: Remembering F.W. Dupee” in Columbia College Today (July 1979).
Essay on the new filmmakers of the 1970’s, Altman, Scorsese, De Palma, Coppola, Woody Allen, and Mazursky, Bennington Review (September 1979).
“Summing Up the Seventies: Issues,” American Film (December 1979).
Review of Sara Evans, Personal Politics, The Journal of American History (March 1980).
“The Reality Factor,” essay on realism and fantasy in recent films, Bennington Review (April 1980).
“It’s a Wonderful Life, But…” (on the films of Frank Capra), American Film (May 1980).
Review-essay on Film: A Critical Dictionary, the Major Filmmakers, edited in two volumes by Richard Roud, American Film (June 1980).
“The Autobiography Bug,” an essay on autobiographical elements in recent American fiction, Harper’s (June 1980). Reprinted in publications of the International Communications Agency.
Front-page review of Edmund Wilson, The Thirties (journals), N.Y. Times Book Review (August 31, 1980).
“Two and a Half Cheers for the New York Film Festival” (a critical history), Bennington Review (September 1980).
“The Price of Experience: Blake’s Reading of Freud,” in The Literary Freud: Mechanisms of Defense and the Poetic Will (Psychiatry and the Humanities, vol. 4), ed. Joseph H. Smith, M.D. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980).
Review of Edward Murray, Ten Film Classics, and Alexander Walker, Double Takes, two collections of film criticism, Quarterly Review of Film Studies (Fall 1980).
“The Aesthetics of Fright” (on horror films), American Film (September 1980). Reprinted in Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film, ed. Barry Keith Grant (Metuchen, N.J. & London: Scarecrow Press, 1984; paperback edition, 1988; revised edition, ed. Barry Keith Grant and Christopher Sharrett, 2004). Reprinted in Flesh and Blood, ed. Peter Keough (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1995). Swedish translation in Chaplin (Stockholm).
Review of E.L. Doctorow, Loon Lake (novel), Newsday (September 14, 1980).
Review of Abbie Hoffman, Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture, N.Y. Times Book Review (September 21, 1980).
“On New York Intellectuals and other Matters, an Interview with Morris Dickstein” (transcript), New York Arts Journal (September 1980).
Review essay on Joe Klein, Woody Guthrie: A Life, The Nation (November 8, 1980).
“Musty Gloom in the East” (on films from Eastern Europe), The Nation (November 15, 1980).
“L’elu de Carter” (analysis of the American presidential elections), Le Monde (November 14, 1980).
“The Effects of Critical Theories on Practical Criticism, Cultural Journalism, and Reviewing” (paper, with respondents’ comments and ensuing discussion), Partisan Review (#1, 1981).
“A Samurai Tapestry” (on Kurosawa), Bennington Review (April 1981).
“Plus Ca Change: Notes of an American in Paris,” Partisan Review (#3, 1981).
Essay on the thriller genre in fiction and film, American Film (July-August 1981). Swedish translation in Chaplin (Stockholm).
“The World in a Mirror: Problems of Distance in Contemporary Fiction,” The Sewanee Review (Summer 1981).
“Introduction,” Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (New York: Bantam Books, 1981). Reprinted Harold Bloom (ed.), Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2001).
Discussion of seventeen books recently published in America, for Le Monde des Livres, the book pages of Le Monde (July 1981).
“The Cinema of Narcissism,” on films by Fellini, Fosse, Allen, and Edwards, Bennington Review (September 1981).
“Thunder on the Left” (editorial), Partisan Review (#1, 1982).
Review of George Steiner, The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. (novel), N.Y. Times Book Review (May 2, 1982).
Review-essay on Jackson Lears, No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920, In These Times (February 17-23, 1982). Reply by Jackson Lears in the following issue.
“Nicholas Nickleby: From Book to Broadway” (long article), Bennington Review (June 1982).
Review of John Sanford, A Man Without Shoes (novel), N.Y. Times Book Review (July 4, 1982).
Review of Galway Kinnell, Selected Poems, New York Times Book Review (September 19, 1982).
Review of Bernard Malamud, God’s Grace (novel), New York Magazine (September 27, 1982).
“Time Bandits” (on the sense of history, or lack of it, in recent period films), American Film (October 1982).
“Frank Capra: Politics and Film,” in The Artist and Political Vision, ed. Benjamin R. Barber and Michael J.G. McGrath (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1982). Also published as “The People Vs. Frank Capra: Populism in Popular Culture” (with illustrations) in CUNY English Forum, vol. 1 (New York: AMS Press, 1985).
Review of Hilary Mills, Mailer: A Biography, New York Magazine (December 20, 1982).
“Up From Alienation: The Case of the New York Intellectuals,” Revue Francaise d’Etudes Americaines, no. 16 (Feb. 1983).
“Arnold Then and Now: The Use and Misuse of Criticism,” Critical Inquiry (Spring 1983).
“On Peter Panavision,” critique of youth-oriented fantasy films by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and others, In These Times (June 15-28, 1983). Reprinted in Love and Hisses, ed. Peter Rainer (San Francisco, CA: Mercury House, 1992).
Review of Gerald Nicosia, Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac, N.Y. Times Book Review (July , 1983).
“Kids’ Stuff: A Dialogue” (film piece), Bennington Review (Summer 1983).
“The Discreet Charms of Luis Bunuel,” In These Times (August 24-September 6, 1983).
“Daniel in the Author’s Den: A Conversation with E.L. Doctorow,” In These Times (September 14-20, 1983).
Review of Annette Insdorf, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust, American Film (October 1983).
Review of Philip Roth, The Anatomy Lesson, Newsday (October 23, 1983).
Two retrospective articles on John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy years, The Times Higher Education Supplement (London), November 18, 1983, and Newsday, November 20, 1983.
“Intellectuals and Politics” (controversy), Partisan Review (#4, 1983).
Review of Robert S. McElvaine, The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941, N.Y. Times Book Review (January 22, 1984).
Review of Alfred Kazin, An American Procession, New York Magazine (May 28, 1984).
“Jenseits der Verzweiflung: Amerikanische Literatur Heute” (essay), L’80 (Berlin), #30 (June 1984).
Review of James R. Mellow, Invented Lives: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, N.Y. Times Book Review (November 4, 1984).
“Origins” (autobiographical essay), in fiftieth anniversay issue of Partisan Review (#4, 1984-#1, 1985). Entire issue repinted in book form, ed. William Phillips (New York: Stein & Day, 1985).
“Urban Comedy and Modernity: From Chaplin to Woody Allen,” in Swedish and English in Chaplin, Journal of the Swedish Film Institute (November 1984). Revised English version in Partisan Review (#3, 1985).
“Journalism and Criticism,” in Criticism in the University, ed. Gerald Graff and Reginald Gibbons (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1985).
Brief review of Eugene Goodheart, The Skeptic Disposition in Contemporary Criticism, N.Y. Times Book Review (July 14, 1985).
“Alfred A. Knopf, 1892-1984,” biographical article, translated into French, for yearbook of the Encyclopaedia Universalis (Paris, 1985).
Review of From the Fair: The Autobiography of Sholom Aleichem, In These Times (July 24-August 6, 1985).
Reprint of chapter 2 of Keats and His Poetry (“The World of the Early Poems”) in John Keats: Modern Critical Views, ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 1985). Partial reprint of chapter 5 (“The Fierce Dispute: The Odes”) in Keats’s Odes: Critical Interpretations, ed. Harold Bloom (Chelsea House, 1987).
“Shoah and the Machinery of Death,” Partisan Review (#1, 1986).
“Lionel Trilling and The Liberal Imagination,” Sewanee Review (Spring 1986). Reprinted in The Critics Who Made Us, ed. George Core (Columbia & London: Univ. of Missouri Press, 1993). Reprinted in Lionel Trilling and the Critics, ed. John Rodden (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1999).
“Popular Fiction and Critical Values: The Novel as a Challenge to Literary History,” in Reconstructing American Literary History, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. Harvard English Studies 13 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986).
Review of Hortense Calisher, The Bobby-Soxer, N.Y. Times Book Review (March 30, 1986).
Review-essay on Hilton Kramer, The Revenge of the Philistines, in VLS, literary supplement of the Village Voice (May 7-13, 1986).
“Keats and Politics,” Studies in Romanticism (Summer 1986), lead essay initiating symposium of articles by William Keach, David Bromwich, Paul H. Fry, and Alan J. Bewell.
24-page introduction to Paul Zweig, Departures: Memoirs (New York: Harper & Row, 1986). Paperback edition, Penguin, 1988.
“Wordsworth and Solitude,” The Sewanee Review (Spring 1987), abridged version of “‘The Very Culture of the Feelings’: Wordsworth and Solitude,” in The Age of William Wordsworth: Critical Essays on the Romantic Tradition, ed. Kenneth R. Johnston and Gene W. Ruoff (New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 1987).
Review of Steve Stern, Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven (stories), New York Times Book Review (March 1, 1987).
“Will the Show Go On?” (on Reagan as a political performer), lead essay, Newsday (May 3, 1987).
“Neighborhoods” (essay/memoir), special New York issue of Dissent (Fall 1987). In book form, In Search of New York, ed. Jim Sleeper (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1989).
“Call It an Awakening” (profile of Henry Roth), front-page essay, New York Times Book Review (November 29, 1987). Reprinted in part in the International Herald-Tribune (December 4, 1987).
“Sunset Boulevard” (film essay), Grand Street (Spring 1988). In Swedish translation in CHAPLIN (Stockholm), #1, 1989. In shorter form in The A List, ed. Jay Carr (Da Capo Press, 2002).
Lead review of Garry Wills, Reagan’s America: Innocents At Home, London Times Higher Education Supplement (March 11, 1988).
“Peering Behind the Mask: The Silence and Persona,” in English and Swedish in CHAPLIN (Stockholm), special Ingmar Bergman 70th birthday tribute, Swedish Film Institute, 1988. Reprinted in Foreign Affairs, ed. Kathy Huffhines (SF: Mercury House, 1991). In German translation in Ingmar Bergmann – Gaukler im Grenzland (Berlin: Henschel Verlag, 1993). Also in Russian.
“Columbia Recovered” (cover story on Columbia University twenty years after the student uprising), New York Times Magazine (May 15, 1988).
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” review of Political Passages: Journeys of Change Through Two Decades, 1968-1988, ed. John H. Bunzel, The World & I (August 1988).
“School’s Out,” contribution to a symposium of the future of academic criticism, in VLS, literary supplement of the Village Voice (September 13, l988).
Review of Charles Kaiser, 1968 in America, New York Times Book Review (November 20, 1988).
“The 1960s Today: A Summing-Up” (essay), The World & I (May 1989), adapted from new introduction to Gates of Eden (Penguin). Also in Times Higher Education Supplement (London). Revised and expanded version, “After Utopia: The 1960s Today,” in Sights on the Sixties, ed. Barbara Tischler (New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1992).
“New York Forum: A Highbrow’s Fallen Arches” (Op-ed essay), New York Newsday (May 17, 1989).
Review of New York: Culture Capital of the World, 1940-1965, ed. Leonard Wallock, Urban Resources (Spring 1989). In slightly revised form in Partisan Review (#2, 1990).
“From the Thirties to the Sixties: The New York World’s Fair in its own Time,” 7,000-word essay on the New York World’s Fairs of 1939/40 and 1964/65, for the catalogue of an exhibition at the Queens Museum (Sept.-Dec. 1989); in book form, Remembering the Future (New York: Rizzoli, 1989). Also, under the title “Going to the Fair: From 1939 to 1964,” in The World & I (October 1989).
“Images of Poverty: Two Depression Documentaries,” Thesis (Fall 1989). [from forthcoming book on the 1930s]
“Hallucinating the Past: Jews Without Money Revisited,” Grand Street (Winter 1990). [from forthcoming book on the 1930s]
Review of Thomas Brown, JFK: History of an Image, American Historical Review (April 1990).
Front-page review of Karl Shapiro, Reports of My Death (autobiography), Washington Post Book World (July 1, 1990).
“Fiction: la quete de la vie ordinaire,” trans. Marc Chenetier, lead essay in special issue on American writing, 1960-1990, ed. Marc Chenetier. Le Magazine Litteraire, Paris (October 1990). Revised English version, “The Pursuit of the Ordinary,” Partisan Review (Summer 1991).
“Going to the Movies: War!” (review-essay on four 1989 war movies), Partisan Review (#4, 1990). In Swedish as “Krig, och krigets omklighet” [War, and the Pity of War], trans. Hakan Lovgren, CHAPLIN, Stockholm (September 1990). Reprinted in part in They Went Thataway, ed. Richard Jameson (San Francisco, CA: Mercury House, 1994).
“The Tenement and the World: Visions of Immigrant Life” (on Michael Gold and Henry Roth) in The Future of American Modernism: Ethnic Writing Between the Wars, ed. William Boelhower (Amsterdam: Vu University Press, 1990). [from forthcoming book on 1930s]
Contribution to a symposium on “The Changing Culture of the University,” paper and discussion, Partisan Review (Spring 1991).
Review of Louis Auchincloss, The Lady of Situations, TLS (June 21, 1991).
“The City as Text: New York as a Literary Idea,” RSA: Rivista di Studi Anglo-Americani #8 (Chiarella-Sassari, 1990). Revised version, “The City as Text: New York and the American Writer,” TriQuarterly #83 (Winter 1991-92).
“Fitzgerald’s Second Act” (long essay), South Atlantic Quarterly (Summer 1991). [from book on the 1930s]
Review of Leslie Fiedler, Fiedler on the Roof: Essays on Literature and Jewish Identity, NY Times Book Review (Aug. 4, 1991).
Articles on Ingmar Bergman, Luis Bunuel, and Akira Kurosawa (reprints), and Frederico Fellini and Fritz Lang (originals) in Foreign Affairs, ed. Kathy Huffhines (SF: Mercury House, 1991).
Articles on Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac in The Reader’s Companion to American History, ed. Eric Foner and John A. Garraty (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991).
“The Ever-Changing Literary Past” (Op-ed essay), The New York Times (Oct. 26, 1991). Also in International Herald Tribune. Reprinted in Falling into Theory: Conflicting Views on Reading Literature, ed. David H. Richter (Boston: Bedford Books, 1994).
Review of Arthur A. Sloane, Hoffa, Times Higher Education Supplement, London (March 27, 1992).
Review of Richard Ford (ed.), The Granta Book of the American Short Story, TLS (March 27, 1992).
“Farewell to the Gilded Age: Brooks and Mencken,” Partisan Review (Summer 1992). [adapted from Double Agent]
“The Comeback Kids,” review-essay on David James Duncan, The Brothers K (novel), in The World and I (Oct. 1992).
“Literary critics stage comeback as superstars” [full-page excerpt from Double Agent], Times Higher Education Supplement (Dec. 4, 1992). Reprinted in The Australian.
“Lillian Hellman Remembered” (memoir\essay), American Repertory Theatre News, Cambridge (May 1993).
Contribution to a symposium on Philip Roth and Diasporism, TIKKUN (May-June 1993).
“After the Cold War: Culture as Politics, Politics as Culture” (essay), Social Research (Fall 1993).
Review of Anatole Broyard, Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir, NY Times Book Review (October 31, 1993).
Article on John Updike for the Encyclopedia Americana (1994).
“Correcting PC,” in symposium on “The Politics of Political Correctness,” Partisan Review (Fall 1993). Reprinted in Our Country, Our Culture (Boston: Partisan Review Press, 1995).
“Damaged Literacy: The Decay of Reading” (essay), Profession 93 (New York: Modern Language Association, 1994). First published in French, “Lire et écrire: le savoir déterioré” (trans. Dominique Renaudo), Cahiers Charles V, Paris (#14, 1992). Excerpted in The Bedford Reader, 4th ed. (Boston: Bedford Books, 1996).
“What Happened to the Little Magazine?” (essay), culturefront (Winter-Spring 1994).
“Sea Change: Celine and the Problem of Cultural Transmission,” keynote essay, special Celine issue, South Atlantic Quarterly (Spring 1994).
Review of Henry Roth, Mercy of a Rude Stream, Washington Post Book World (February 20, 1994).
Review of Russell Jacoby, Dogmatic Wisdom, New York Times Book Review (April 17, 1994).
Review of Louis Begley, As Max Saw It (novel), New York Observer (April 18, 1994).
“A Glint of Malice: The Imagination of Mary McCarthy” (essay), Annandale, Bard College (May 1994). Also in The Threepenny Review (Fall 1994). Reprinted in Twenty-Four Ways of Looking at Mary McCarthy, ed. Eve Stwertka and Margo Viscusi (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996).
“Stations of the Cross: Raging Bull Revisited,” in Perspectives on Raging Bull, ed. Steven Kellman (New York: G.K. Hall, 1994). Also as “Self-Tormentors,” Partisan Review (Fall 1994). Reprinted in Flesh and Blood, ed. Peter Keough (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1995).
“The Last Film of the 1930s; or, Nothing Fails Like Success,” in Perspectives on Citizen Kane, ed. Ronald Gottesman (New York: G.K. Hall, 1996). First appeared in culturefront (Fall 1994).
“Where are the Intellectuals?” (roundtable discussion with Martin Duberman, James deJongh, Louis Menand, and Sharon Zukin), thesis (Fall 1994).
Revised and expanded general article on AMERICAN LITERATURE for Encyclopaedia Brittanica (1995). Also in 1995 Brittanica Book of the Year.
Review of new edition of George Santayana, The Last Puritan, ed. W.G. Holzberger and H.J. Saatkamp, Jr., TLS (Jan. 20, 1995).
Review of Edmund White, Skinned Alive (stories), New York Times Book Review (July 23, 1995).
Review of Henry Roth, Shifting Landscape, ed. Mario Materassi, TLS (Jan. 5, 1996).
“Depression Culture: The Dream of Mobility” (essay), in Radical Revisions: Rereading 1930s Culture, ed. Sherry Linkon and Bill Mullen (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1996). Also in Partisan Review (#1, 1996).
Introduction (and bibliography) for new edition of Sinclair Lewis, Main Street (New York: Bantam Books, 1996).
Review of Martha C. Nussbaum, Poetic Justice: Literature and the Imagination of Public Life, New York Times Book Review (April 7, 1996).
“The Book on Chicago: A Hard-Bitten Literary Past” (essay), Outlook Section, Washington Post (August 18, 1996).
“A Life of Significant Contention” (on Diana Trilling), Los Angeles Times Book Review (Nov. 3, 1996).
“A Tribute to Henry Roth, 1906-1995,” Jewish Quarterly, London (Fall 1996).
“Looking at Hopper: An Art of Subtraction,” Dissent (Winter 1997).
“New Cinema: The Next Generation,” Partisan Review (#1, 1997).
“The Law of Return” (memoir), culturefront (Winter 1997).
“The New York Intellectuals: Some Personal History,” Dissent (Spring 1997).
A reconsideration of Irving Howe, World of Our Fathers, New York Times Book Review (April 6, 1997). Expanded and reprinted in Irving Howe and the Critics: Celebrations and Attacks, ed. John Rodden (Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2005).
The New York Intellectuals. PBS Online. Adapted from a talk at the annual meeting the American Sociological Association in August 1996.
Review of Anthony Cronin, Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist, New York Times Book Review (August 3, 1997).
“Edmund Wilson: Three Phases,” in Edmund Wilson: Centennial Reflections, ed. Lewis M. Dabney (Princeton: Princeton U Press, 1997). Also in Partisan Review (#4, 1997).
“The Artist and the Citizen: Meyer Schapiro’s Values” (essay), Dissent (Fall 1997).
“One Nation, Two Cultures” (report on Israel), Jewish Quarterly, London (Fall 1997).
“Ghost Stories: The New Wave of Jewish Writing,” Tikkun (Nov.-Dec. 1997).
Review of Andrew Motion, Keats, New York Times Book Review (Feb. 1, 1998).
“Arts and Society: Meeting at the Crossroads,” interview by Michael J. Bandler, U.S. Society & Values (June 1998).
Review of Ellis Amburn, Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac, NY Times Book Review (August 9, 1998).
“The Magic of Contradictions: Willa Cather’s Lost Lady,” The New Criterion (February 1999).
“A Man Nobody Knew: Lionel Trilling Remembered,” foreword to Lionel Trilling and the Critics: Opposing Selves, ed. John Rodden (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Abridged version in New York Times Book Review (Sept. 20, 1998). Full essay reprinted in Explorations: The Twentieth Century 10 (2004).
“Bonnard at the Modern” (art review), Dissent (Winter 1999).
“‘I’m Interested in Everything!'” (on Alfred Kazin), The American Scholar (Winter 1999).
“Ralph Ellison, Race, and American Culture,” Raritan (Spring 1999). [adapted from Leopards in the Temple]
“On and Off the Road: The Outsider as Young Rebel,” in Beat Culture (Amsterdam: Vu University Press, 1999). [from Leopards]
“Can These Bones Live?: Writing the Biography of a Decade,” Biography and Source Studies, vol. 5, ed. Frederick Karl (New York: AMS Press, 2000).
“The Hardboiled Imagination: From Detective Fiction to Film Noir,” culturefront (Fall 1999).
Review-essay on Geoffrey Hartman, A Critic’s Journey, TIKKUN (March-April 2000).
Review of Claudia Roth Pierpont, Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World, NY Times Book Review (March 5, 2000).
Review of David Leavitt, Martin Bauman, Times Literary Supplement (April 28, 2000).
“The Authority of Failure” (essay on F. Scott Fitzgerald), The American Scholar (Spring 2000). Also in F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Twenty-first Century, eds. Jackson R. Bryer, Ruth Prigozy, and Milton R. Stern (Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press, 2003).
“Is Religious Poetry Possible?” (essay), Literary Imagination (Spring 2000). See also correspondence (Winter 2001).
“Going to the Movies: As Good As It Gets” (film chronicle), Partisan Review (Summer 2000).
“The Critic and Society: The Counter-Tradition,” 25,000-word essay for the Cambridge History of Criticism, 1900-1950, ed. A. Walton Litz, Louis Menand, and Lawrence Rainey (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Review of S.Y. Agnon, Only Yesterday, and Amos Oz, The Silence of Heaven: Agnon’s Fear of God, TLS (Sept. 1, 2000).
Contribution to a symposium on Literary Studies, 1968-2000, Special Millennium Issue, PMLA (December 2000).
Contribution to “Film Criticism in America Today: A Critical Symposium,” Cineaste (December 2000).
Review of Yehuda Bauer, Rethinking the Holocaust, NY Times Book Review (January 28, 2001).
Essays on Tennessee Williams and Richard Ford, The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story, ed. Blanche Gelfant (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2001).
“The Complex Fate of the Jewish American Writer” (essay), in Ideology and Jewish Identity in American and Israeli Literature, ed. Emily Miller Budick (Albany: SUNY Press, 2001). Slightly abridged versions in The Nation (Oct. 22, 2001) and Best Contemporary Jewish Writing, ed. Michael Lerner (New York: Wiley-Jossey/Bass, 2001).
“The Fifties Were Radical Too: How the counter-culture had its roots in the Eisenhower Age” (essay), TLS (June 8, 2001).
“Counterculture,” article for the Encyclopedia of American Studies, ed. George T. Kurian et al(New York and Danbury: Grolier, 2001).
“Changing New York: Art et Politique, 1956-1971,” trans. Guillaume Villeneuve (catalogue essay, Tomi Ungerer et New York (Editions La Nuée Bleu–Musées de Strasbourg, 2001).
“A Literature of One’s Own: The Question of Jewish Book Awards,” Princeton University Library Chronicle (Autumn-Winter, 2001-2002).
Response to essay by Michael P. Kramer, “Race, Literary History, and the ‘Jewish Question,’” Prooftexts (Fall 2001).
Essays on Fritz Lang’s M and Howard Hawks’s Bringing Up Baby for The A List: 100 Essential Films, by members of the National Society of Film Critics, ed. Jay Carr (Da Capo Press, 2002).
Review of Saul Bellow, Collected Stories, TLS (January 18, 2002).
Review of Amos Oz, The Same Sea (novel), The Nation (January 21, 2002).
“Late Bellow: Textures of Memory” (essay), Literary Imagination (Winter 2002).
“Q & A: A Delayed Perception of the Rebellion in the Conservative 1950s,” transcript of an interview by Daphne Eviatar, The New York Times (June 22, 2002).
Review of Ross Wetzsteon, Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910-1960, New York Times Book Review (July 21, 2002).
Revised and updated 1994 article on AMERICAN LITERATURE for Encyclopaedia Brittanica (2002).
“Going to the Movies: The Light Fantastic” (film chronicle), Partisan Review (#3, 2002).
“Mary McCarthy at 90″ (essay), The Nation (Sept. 2-9, 2002).
Contribution to a symposium on the aftermath of 9/11, Tikkun (Sept.-Oct. 2002).
“Waving Not Drowning: William Phillips and Partisan Review,” Times Literary Supplement (October 25, 2002).
Review of William Kennedy, Roscoe (novel), Times Literary Supplement (November 1, 2002).
“Between Generations: An Interview with Morris Dickstein,” conducted by Robert S. Boynton, Minnesota Review, #53-55 (2002). Reprinted in Critics at Work: Interviews, 1993-2003, ed. Jeffrey J. Williams (New York: NYU Press, 2004).
Review of Sherwin B. Nuland, Lost in America, New York Times Book Review (February 9, 2003).
“Nostalgia and Recognition: Ilan Stavans and Morris Dickstein in Conversation,” Shofar (Spring 2003). Expanded version in The New York Public Intellectuals and Beyond, ed. Ethan Goffman and Daniel Morris (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2009). Also, contribution to forum on Jewish intellectuals in same volume, with Alan Wolfe, Peter Novick, and Nathan Glazer.
Tribute to William Phillips, Partisan Review (#2, 2003).
“Farewell, Old Partisans of Past Crusades,” Arts and Ideas section, New York Times (April 19, 2003).
“Literary Theory and Historical Understanding” (lead essay), Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education (May 23, 2003). Adapted from “Afterword: Historicism and Its Limits,” in Historicizing Theory, ed. Peter C. Herman (Albany: SUNY Press, 2004).
Review of James Wood, The Book Against God (novel), Slate (May 30, 2003).
10,000-word essay on American Jewish fiction, Encyclopedia of American Literature, ed. Jay Parini (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Review of Michael Dirda, An Open Book, Washington Post (Oct. 15, 2003).
“Steinbeck and the Great Depression,” South Atlantic Quarterly (Winter 2004). Reprinted in John Steinbeck: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views, New Edition, ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 2008).
“The Home and the World: Film Documentaries and Social Crises,” Dissent (Winter 2004).
“Hope Against Hope: Orwell’s Posthumous Novel,” The American Scholar (Spring 2004). Also in George Orwell: Into the Twenty-First Century, ed. Thomas Cushman and John Rodden (Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2004).
“From Ethnic Ripples, A Tidal Wave” (on 350 years of American Jewish literature), Forward (May 7, 2004).
“Cast a Cold Eye” (on I. B. Singer), Jbooks.com (July 9, 2004).
“Irving Howe: Finding the Right Words,” afterword to Irving Howe and the Critics: Celebrations and Attacks, ed. John Rodden (Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2005). Also in Bookforum (December-January 2005).
“Never at Home: Jewish Writers and the Sense of Place” (essay), Jewish Literary Supplement, National Foundation for Jewish Culture (Fall 2004).
“The Shock of the Old” (on I. B. Singer), The Nation (Dec. 13, 2004).
“John Updike’s Secret,” Literary Imagination (Winter 2005).
“This Was Your Life: The Year of the Biopic” (film chronicle), Dissent (Spring 2005).
Memorial tribute to Saul Bellow, Slate (April 8, 2005).
Review of Penny M. Von Eschen, Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War, Times Literary Supplement (April 15, 2005).
“The Rise and Fall of ‘Practical’ Criticism” (Chapter 3 of Double Agent) reprinted in Theory’s Empire: An Anthology of Dissent, ed. Daphne Patai and Will H. Corral (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005).
“Postmodern Fog Has Begun to Lift,” op-ed essay, Los Angeles Times (May 26, 2005).
“Thinking about Theory’s Empire,” The Valve: A Literary Organ (July 14, 2005).
“Foreword,” Multicultural America: Conversations with Contemporary Authors, ed. Nibir K. Ghosh (Chandigarh, India: Unistar, 2005).
“Foreword,” Irving Howe, World of Our Fathers, (New York: NYU Press, 2005).
“Copland and American Populism in the 1930s” (essay), in Aaron Copland and His World, ed. Carol J. Oja and Judith Tick (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).
Lead review of Lewis M. Dabney, Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature, Times Literary Supplement (March 3, 2006).
“The Awakening: Between Feminism and the Fin-de-Siècle,” in A Book for Daniel Stern, ed. Stanley Moss and Pam Diamond (Riverdale, NY: Sheep Meadow Press, 2006).
“The House of Fiction” (letter), NY Times Book Review (May 7, 2006).
“The Politics of the Thriller: On Munich and Moral Ambiguity,” Dissent (Spring 2006).
Review of Janna Malamud Smith, My Father Is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud, Times Literary Supplement (May 12, 2006).
Online blog and conversation with Jane Smiley, Stephen Metcalf, and Michael Cunningham about the best works of fiction of the last 25 years, www.nytimes.com (May 22-26, 2006).
“Womb versus World” (on Tess Slesinger’s The Unpossessed), Bookforum (June-July-August 2006).
Introduction, notes, and annotated bibliography for a new edition of William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham (New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2007).
Lead review of Arnold Rampersad, Ralph Ellison: A Biography, Times Literary Supplement (May 25, 2007).
“The Inner Lives of Men” (on the novels of John Williams), New York Times Book Review (June 17, 2007).
“Richard Rorty,” Slate, memorial tribute (June 17, 2007).
“Memory Unbound” (on Henry Roth), The Threepenny Review (Summer 2007).
Review of Edmund White, Hotel de Dream: A New York Novel, Bookforum (September-October-November 2007).
“Animal Farm: History as Fable,” in The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell, ed. John Rodden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Comments on Kerouac’s On the Road at 50, Los Angeles Times Book Review (Sept. 2, 2007). Expanded version in Post Road 16 (2008).
“How Mailer Became ‘Mailer’: The Writer as Private and Public Character,” inaugural issue, The Mailer Review (Fall 2007).
“The Nijinsky of Ambivalence” (on Norman Mailer’s Armies of the Night), The Nation (Dec. 10, 2007).
Going Native: On What Happened to the Literary Canon when American Literature Become Good Enough for Americans. The American Scholar, Winter 2007.
Preface to Chinese translation of A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World (December 2007).
Review of Geoffrey Hartman, A Scholar’s Tale, New York Sun (Dec. 26, 2007).
“Mailer, Paley, Vonnegut: Same Era, Different Voices” (essay), Los Angeles Times Book Review (December 30, 2007).
“Train of Thought: Lewis Dabney Talks with Morris Dickstein about Edmund Wilson,” Bookforum (Dec.-Jan. 2008).
Review of Richard M. Cook, Alfred Kazin: A Biography, Times Literary Supplement (May 2, 2008).
“Intellectuals after Modernism” (catalogue essay on Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg), in Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976, ed. Norman L. Kleeblatt (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008).
“Fiction and Political Fact,” lead essay, symposium on political novels, Bookforum (June-July-August 2008).
“Questions of Identity: The New World of the Immigrant Writer” (essay), in The Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature, ed. Alvin H. Rosenfeld (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008).
“The Promised End: Why Literature Still Matters,” ALSC Presidential Address, ALSC Newsletter (Winter 2008). Also as “The Undying Animal,” Columbia Magazine (Fall 2008).
Contributed essay to a Symposium on Fear, Threepenny Review (Fall 2008). Excerpted in Utne Reader (Jan.-Feb. 2009).
Comments on Nobel Prize, Inside Higher Education (Oct. 10, 2008).
“Remembering John Updike,” Dissent online (posted Feb. 2, 2009).
“How Song, Dance, and Movies Bailed Us Out of the Depression,” Op-Ed essay, Los Angeles Times (April 1, 2009). Reprinted in Grantmakers in the Arts Reader (Spring 2009).
“Out of Work, Out of Luck: Edward Anderson’s Hungry Men” (adapted from Dancing in the Dark), Dissent (Summer 2009).
Lead review of Christopher Bigsby, Arthur Miller, 1915-1962, Times Literary Supplement (July 24, 2009).
“Facing the Music: What 1930s Pop Culture Can Teach Us about our Own Hard Times,” The American Scholar (Fall 2009).
“Tanz in Dunkeln,” German translation of concluding chapter of Dancing in the Dark, Aufbau, Zürich (January 2010).
“High Five” (on stage musicals), Forbes.com (March 10, 2010).
“The Inner Nerd” (on Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg), in “Arguing the World,” Dissent blog (posted May 12, 2010).
“Besieged: The 1950s at War and at Home” (on films by Anthony Mann and Nicholas Ray), Dissent blog (posted July 2, 2010).
“War, Economy, History: Politics By Other Media” (film essay), Dissent (Summer 2010).
“Unmaking It: long review of Benjamin Balint’s Running Commentary“, Times Literary Supplement (August 20-27, 2010).
Review of Philip Roth, Nemesis (novel), The Daily Beast (posted October 2, 2010).
“From Gatsby to Gatz,” in “Arguing the World,” Dissent blog (posted Nov. 11, 2010).
“An Unfinished Writer,” review of Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt, The Life of Irene Némirovsky: 1903-1942, trans. Euan Cameron, Moment Magazine (Nov.-Dec. 2010).
“Remembering Daniel Bell: The Power of Temperament,” Dissent online (posted January 28, 2011).
“The Challenge to Book Culture,” in Arguing the World, Dissent blog (posted May 3, 2011).
“‘Whose Dog Are You?’” (essay on light verse), Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Vol. 32, Nos. 1 & 2 (Spring 2011).
“Battleship Potemkin and After: Film and Revolutionary Politics,” Dissent (Summer 2011).
“Growing Pains” (on the stories of Delmore Schwartz), Tablet magazine (posted August 11, 2011). Also, as Afterword to Delmore Schwartz, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, Shackman Press (Cambridge, 2011).
“The Catch in Catch-22,” The Daily Beast (posted Sept. 4, 2011).
“The Urban Spectacle of Reginald Marsh,” essay for catalogue of Reginald Marsh exhibition, curated by Barbara Haskell, New-York Historical Society (2012).
Review of Jackson Pollock & Family, American Letters, 1927-1947, ed. Sylvia Winter Pollock, Times Literary Supplement (Oct. 28, 2011).
“Depression Journalism, Social Actuality, and the Quest for Salvation” (essay, adapted from Dancing in the Dark), in The Turn Around Religion in America: Literature, Culture, and the Work of Sacvan Bercovitch, eds. Nan Goodman and Michael P. Kramer (Farnham, UK, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011).
“The Work of a Critic” (critical credo), Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education (March 2, 2012). Also, as “Wrestling With the Angel” in The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics eds. Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen (Columbia University Press, 2012).
Review of Emily Bernard, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White, Times Literary Supplement (May 4, 2012).
“Looking Back at the French New Wave,” The Cine-files (May 28, 2012)
“The Great Contrarian: Dwight Macdonald’s Masscult and Midcult,” East Hampton Star (July 19, 2012).
“Becoming Gore Vidal,” The Daily Beast (August 4, 2012).
“Norman Mailer and the Nobel Prize,” The Mailer Review (Fall 2012).