Andrew Lyndon Knighton

College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office ETA615


Andrew Lyndon Knighton (Ph.D., 2004, University of Minnesota) is Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles.  During his career at Cal State LA, he has served as Chair and Associate Chair of the English Department, Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and Director of the Cal State LA/NEH American Communities Program.  He teaches literary and cultural theory, as well as a variety of courses in American literary history. His 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 figures including Herman Melville, Nathanael West, Nathaniel Parker Willis, and Thomas McGrath has been published in journals including ESQ, ATQ, The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Literature Interpretation Theory.  His current projects explore the poetry of Los Angeles in the 1950s.