Joseph North

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Assistant Professor of English
63 High St, New Haven, CT 06520-8302
(203) 432-2233


My research is primarily in the literature of British modernism, with a special interest in the history and theory of criticism throughout the 20th century.  My book Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History tracks the history of Anglo-American literary criticism from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, focusing particularly on the question of its political character.  I suppose I am also something of a generalist, with literary interests ranging fairly widely across periods.


20th and 21st century literature in English; the history of literary criticism; the history of universities; critical methodology; theories of the literary; the politics of aesthetic education.


- Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History (Harvard University Press, forthcoming)

- “What’s ‘New Critical’ about ‘Close Reading’?  I.A. Richards and His New Critical Reception.”  New Literary History 44, no. 1 (2013): 141-157.   

- “The Iliad: A Romance?” (Review) Public Books (July 2012)


Major English Poets from Chaucer to Donne; Directed Studies: Literature; Poetry and Political Sensibility


Ph.D., Columbia University