Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
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Donal Harris
Assistant Professor
Office: Patterson Hall 426


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2013

Academic Summary

Donal Harris specializes in American literature from the Civil War until the present. His research and teaching focus on the relationship between American literature and the many social institutions that have taken part in producing, circulating, and judging it. His current book project, entitled On Company Time: American Modernism and the Big Magazines, identifies both the formal and economic affiliations between American modernists and mass-market magazines, and reads modernist literary practice within, rather than against, an emerging mass print culture. His work has appeared in PMLA, Criticism: A Journal, and the collection Failing Gods and Angels: 20th Century African American Writers and the Left.

Select Publications

  • “Finding Work: James Agee in the Office.” PMLA 127.4 (2012): 766-781. 
  • “Novel Protests: The New Left and Black Fiction in the 1960s.” Failing Gods and Angels: 20th Century African American Writers and the Left. Ed. Kristin Moriah. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012. 97-116. 
  • “Moving Pictures: Jeff Allred’s American Modernism and Depression Documentary,” Criticism: A Journal 55.1 (2013): 169-176.


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