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Keywords

Literary criticism and theory, Modern literature, Contemporary American literature

Biography

Daniel T. O’Hara, Professor of English and Inaugural Mellon Term Professor of Humanities at Temple University, is the author of Tragic Knowledge: Yeats’s Autobiography and Hermeneutics (Columbia: 1981); The Romance of Interpretation: Visionary Criticism from Pater to De Man (Columbia: 1985); Lionel Trilling: The Work of Liberation (Wisconsin: 1988); Radical Parody: Culture and Critical Agency After Foucault (Columbia: 1992); Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (Duke: 2003); Visions of Global America and the Future of Critical Reading (Ohio State: 2009); The Art of Reading as a Way of Life: On Nietzsche’s Truth (Northwestern: 2009); and Narrating Demons, Transformative Texts: Rereading Genius in Mid-Century Modern Fictional Memoir (Ohio State: 2012).

He is also the editor or co-editor of five other books, including Why Nietzsche Now (Indiana:1985); and, with Gina MacKenzie, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (Barnes and Noble Classics: 2005); and, with Geoffrey Hartman, The Geoffrey Hartman Reader (Fordham: 2005), which won the 2006 Truman Capote Prize for the best volume of criticism for the previous year.

Professor O’Hara is also the review editor and founding member of the editorial collective of boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture; executive editor of the Journal of Modern Literature; and member of the editorial board of Annals of Scholarship.

Selected Publications

  • Author) Tragic Knowledge: Yeats’s Autobiography and Hermeneutics. New York: Columbia University Press, 1981. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Co-editor) The Question of Textuality: Strategies of Reading in Contemporary American Criticism. With Paul A. Bove and William V. Spanos. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Editor) Why Nietzsche Now? Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Author) The Romance of Interpretation: Visionary Criticism from Pater to De Man. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Author) Lionel Trilling: The Work of Liberation. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988. (Purchase from Barnes and Noble)
  • (Author) Radical Parody: American Culture & Critical Agency After Foucault: New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Reprinted in paperback, 1994. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Co-editor) “Thinking Through Art: Aesthetic Agency and Global Modernity.” (With Alan Singer). A Special Issue of Boundary 2, 25:1.
  • (Author) Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003).
  • (Editor) “Global Freud,” JML, 25: 3/4 (Fall 2003).
  • (Co-editor) The Geoffrey Hartman Reader. With Geoffrey Hartman (Edinburgh/New York: Edinburgh and Fordham University Presses, 2004). Introduction, “The Culture of Vision” by Daniel T. O’Hara, pp. 1-10. (Purchase from Barnes and Noble)
  • (Co-editor) Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams: A Newly Revised Edition Based on the A. A. Brill Translation. With Gina MacKenzie, (New York, Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005). (Purchase from Barnes and Noble)
  • (Co-editor) Henry James Against the Aesthetic Movement. With David Garrett Izzo. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Author) The Art of Reading as a Way of Life: On Nietzsche’s Truth. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2009. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Author) Visions of Global America and the Future of Critical Reading. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2009. (Purchase from Amazon.com)
  • (Editor) The Philological Imagination. Special Issue of boundary 2: 37, 3 (Fall, 2010).
  • (Author) Narrating Demons: Rereading Genius in Mid-Century Modern Fictional Memoir. Ohio State University Press, 2012. (Purchase from Amazon.com)

Courses Taught

  • History of criticism
  • Modern criticism
  • Contemporary theory
  • Modern literature
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Introduction to graduate study
  • Advanced studies in critical theoy