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Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Professor of English
Neustadt Professor
Executive Director of World Literature Today

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1979

Professor Davis-Undiano 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, 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.


Research and Teaching Interests:
American studies; Chicano studies; cultural studies; literary and cultural theory

The Paternal Romance: Reading God-the-Father in Early Western Culture (Illinois, 1993)
Culture and Cognition (with Ronald Schleifer and Nancy Mergler) (Cornell, 1992)
Criticism and Culture: The Role of Critique in Modern Literary Theory (with Ronald Schleifer) (Longman, 
Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies (Longman, four editions: 1989, 1991, 1994,