Dr. Knighton is on leave until Fall 2020. Please contact the English Department (323-343-4140) if you seek further information.
• Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth-Century America, New York University Press, America and the Long Nineteenth Century series, 2012.
• "Elizabeth Anker and Rita Felski – Critique and Postcritique," American Literary History Online (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 (New York and London: 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.
Past Courses taught at Cal State LA:
• Graduate and Senior Seminars:
Theoretical Foundations of Literary Studies
Bodies of Work: Whitman and Dickinson
The New Critics and Us
The American Renaissance and Beyond
The Literary Institution and Sites of Reading in American Culture
Poe and Print Culture
Money and Meaning: Studies in Economic Criticism
Poe, Poetics, Property
The Marxist Tradition in Literary Analysis
• Undergraduate Courses in English and General Education
: English Tutorial: "Bartleby"
The American Novel Before 1900
The American Novel 1945-Present
Readings in American Literature
American Literature, Beginnings to 1860
Women and Literature
Portfolio: English Capstone
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