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 of English at California State University, Los Angeles.  During his time at Cal State LA, he has served as Chair and Associate Chair of English, directed the Cal State LA/NEH American Communities Program, and been appointed to the Joseph A. Bailey II, M.D., Endowed Chair in American Communities.  He teaches  literary and cultural theory, as well as a variety of courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century 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)
 

 

 

 

 


CURRENT COURSES

 

Dr. Knighton is on leave until Fall 2020.  Please contact the English Department (323-343-4140) if you seek further information.

 

 


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 (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.

 


COURSES

Past Courses taught at Cal State LA:

           • Graduate and Senior Seminars: 

                  Theoretical Foundations of Literary Studies 

                  Bodies of Work:  Whitman and Dickinson

                  Melville's Selves

                  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

       Reading Culture

       Women and Literature

       Portfolio:  English Capstone

       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

 

           

Additional Website: