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Michael Bérubé

Michael Bérubé


Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature

105 Ihlseng Cottage
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0495


Fax: 814-863-8349

He is the author of seven books to date: Marginal Forces / Cultural Centers: Tolson, Pynchon, and the Politics of the Canon (Cornell UP, 1992); Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics (Verso, 1994); Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (Pantheon, 1996; paper, Vintage, 1998); The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies (NYU Press, 1998);What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and " Bias" in Higher Education (W. W. Norton, 2006) and Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities (UNC Press, 2006). His most recent book, The Left at War, was published in 2009 by NYU Press. In 2015 Palgrave will publish The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments (co-authored with Jennifer Ruth), and in 2016 NYU Press will publish The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How the Understanding of Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read. He is also the editor of The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies (Blackwell, 2004), and, with Cary Nelson, of Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (Routledge, 1995). Bérubé has also written for a wide variety of academic journals such as American Quarterly, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and Modern Fiction Studies, as well as more popular venues such as Harper's, the New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and the NationLife As We Know It was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1996 and was chosen as one of the best books of the year (on a list of seven) by National Public Radio.