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Email Dr. Davis at email@example.com.
teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of
American literature, American Studies, Chicano Studies, cultural
studies, and literary and cultural theory. At the undergraduate level,
he focuses on American identity, community problems in America, gender
relations in America, and Chicano Studies. At the graduate level, he
focuses on problems of criticism and theory as they relate to the
practice of American Studies and cultural studies, and Chicano Studies.
His books and articles are concerned with the history of criticism and
cultural theory in America but also with problems in the history of
literary criticism more broadly. The Paternal Romance: Reading
God-the-Father in Early Western Culture (Illinois 1993), for
example, examined the foundations of patriarchy in the Greek and early
Christian texts. Culture and Cognition (Cornell 1992), with
Ronald Schleifer and Nancy Mergler, discussed points of intersection
between humanistic studies and science. Criticism and Culture: The
Role of Critique in Modern Literary Theory (Longman 1991), with
Ronald Schleifer, discussed philosophical and cultural foundations,
from the eighteenth century forward, for the very idea of criticism and
cultural critique. Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and
Cultural Studies (Longman, four editions 1989, 1991, 1994, 1998) is
a textbook account of the development of modern literary and cultural
criticism. He is Executive Director of World Literature Today,
Neustadt Professor of Comparative Literature, and Presidential
Professor of English.
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