Professor picture of Alan Singer
954 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


Aesthetics, Literary theory, Philosophical approaches, Theory of the novel, Creative writing-fiction


Alan Singer works in the field of literary aesthetics and literary theory. He writes on aesthetic issues in literature and in the visual arts. He has published five critical books, most recently The Self-Deceiving Muse: Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art. He is also a novelist. His most recent work of fiction is The Inquisitor’s Tongue.

Selected Publications

  • Aesthetic Reason: Artworks and the Deliberative Ethos; The Self-Deceiving Muse (non fiction). Dirtmouth, The Inquisitor’s Tongue (fiction)

Courses Taught

  • History of Literary Theory
  • Literary Criticism
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Literary Aesthetics