Andrew Lyndon Knighton

College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office Location: ET A615
Phone: 323-343-4164 Email: aknight@exchange.calstatela.edu
 
Andrew Lyndon Knighton
 
 
Andrew Lyndon Knighton (Ph.D., 2004, University of Minnesota) is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Los Angeles, where he has also served as the Joseph A. Bailey II, M.D., Endowed Chair in American Communities and Director of the CSULA/NEH American Communities Program. He teaches courses in theory, cultural studies, and American literature. His first book, Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth-Century America, appeared on New York University Press in 2012, while his research on Nathaniel Parker Willis, Herman Melville, and Nathanael West has been published in journals including ESQ, ATQ, and Literature Interpretation Theory.  Currently he is working on a study of the radical poet Thomas McGrath (see his recent Los Angeles Review of Books essay for a preview)

 

 

 

 


UPCOMING COURSES

 

Fall 2017

English 5001:  Seminar: Theoretical Foundations of Literary Study

 


PUBLICATIONS

•  Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth-Century America                          New York University Press, America and the Long Nineteenth Century series, 2012. Idle Threats: Men and the LImits of Productivity in Nineteenth-Century America

 

  Book: 

 Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth-Century America, New York University Press, America and the Long Nineteenth Century series, 2012.

  Other Publications:

  "Elizabeth Anker and Rita Felski – Critique and Postcritique," American Literary History Online (forthcoming, 2017).

•  "The Liquidity Preference:  Money and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century American Literature," 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, Issue 39 (2017).

•  "Holy City Adrift:  Thomas McGrath's Los Angeles" (co-authored with Salvador Ayala, Amanda Kong, and Gabriela Valenzuela), North Dakota Quarterly 83:4 (Fall 2016).

•  “Committed Art,” in German Aesthetics:  Fundamental Concepts from Baumgarten to Adorno, ed. J.D. Mininger and Jason Peck,  Bloomsbury Press, 2016.

  "The Life of a Dangerous Time:  Thomas McGrath and the Potential of Poetry," Journal for the Study of Radicalism 9:3 (Fall 2015).

•  “The Wreck of The Corsair:  Nineteenth-Century Publishing and Piratical Enterprise,” in Pirates and Mutineers in Nineteenth-Century Literature, ed. Grace Moore (Ashgate, 2011), pp. 79-94.

•  “Hollywood Panoramatics:  Nathanael West’s Baroque Modernity," Literature Interpretation Theory 21:3 (July- September 2010), pp. 145-162.

  “Money, Mobility, and the Idle Speculation of Nathaniel Parker Willis," ATQ 22:4 (December 2008), pp. 559-575.

  “The Bartleby Industry and Bartleby’s Idleness," ESQ 53.2 (2007), pp. 184-21

  “Transmission, Temporality, Autonomy:  What Praxis Means in the Novels of Kenneth Fearing,” (co-written with Dr. David Jenemann, Univ. of Vermont) in The Novel and the American Left, ed. Janet G. Casey, University Of Iowa Press, 2004, pp. 172-194.

Book Reviews, Exhibition Catalogs, Etc.

     • Adam Cvijanovic: New Paintings, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis (2008).

     • McKnight Foundation-Minneapolis College of Arts and Design Fellows Exhibition, Minneapolis (2004).

     • “Robert Seguin – Around Quitting Time: Work and Middle-Class Fantasy in American Fiction," Cultural Critique 56 (Winter 2004), pp. 212-218.

     • “Michel Foucault – Fearless Speech," Auslegung:  A Journal of Philosophy 26.1 (Winter-Spring 2003), pp. 77-80.

     • Twins, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis (2002).

     • “Theodor Adorno – Critical Models," Auslegung:  A Journal of Philosophy 24.2 (Spring-Summer 2001), pp. 215-218.

 


COURSES

Courses taught at CSULA:

           • ENGL 5600, Seminar:  The New Critics and Us

           • ENGL 5001:  Theoretical Foundations of Literary Studies

           • ENGL 3600:  Readings in American Literature

           • ENGL 2900:  English Tutorial: "Bartleby"

• ENGL 570, Seminar:  Melville’s Selves

• ENGL 570, Seminar:  The Literary Institution and Sites of Reading in American Culture

• ENGL 570, Seminar:  Poe and Print Culture

• ENGL 541, Seminar:  Money and Meaning:  Studies in Economic Criticism

• ENGL 541, Seminar:  The Marxist Tradition in Literary Analysis

• ENGL 510, Historical Criticism:  The American Renaissance and Beyond

• ENGL 501: Theoretical Foundations of Literary Studies

• ENGL 492, Senior Seminar:  Bodies of Work – Dickinson and Whitman

• ENGL 492, Senior Seminar:  Poe, Poetics, and Property                        

• ENGL 492, Senior Seminar:  Fictions of Finance: American Literature and Culture of the Gilded Age 

• ENGL 492, Senior Seminar:  Problems and Problematics in Poe

• ENGL 475A: American Novel: Nineteenth Century

• ENGL 475C: American Novel Since 1945

• ENGL 472: American Literature, 1860-1914

• ENGL 471: American Literature, Beginnings to 1860

• ENGL 452: Reading Culture

• ENGL 260: Women and Literature

• ENGL 250: Understanding Literature

 


EDUCATION

Ph.D.     2004                 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Program in Comparative Studies in Discourse in Society 

(Minor field:  Comparative Literature)

M.A.      1997                  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Program in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society

B.A.       1991                 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Majors in Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science

 

           

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