Alan Singer is Professor of English, teaching in the fields of literary aesthetics, critical theory, the history of criticism, art theory, the history of the novel and creative writing (fiction). Professor Singer has published a theoretical study on formal invention in the novel, A Metaphorics of Fiction: Discontinuity and Discourse in the Modern Novel, and a study of the aesthetics of narrative, The Subject As Action: Transformation and Totality in Narrative Aesthetics. He followed these works up with studies of the reciprocity that plays between aesthetics and practical reason: Aesthetic Reason: Artworks and the Deliberative Ethos and The Self-Deceiving Muse: Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art. Professor Singer has also co-edited a volume entitled Literary Aesthetics: A Reader. His current project is an attempt to articulate a perceptual ethics in the context of aesthetic practice generally. He has published many articles in journals such as Substance, Cultural Critique, Symploke, Culture, Theory and Critique and boundary2.
Every summer Professor Singer directs the Temple Seminars in Aesthetics and Cultural Studies at Temple’s Rome campus. This is an interdisciplinary graduate seminar focusing on the relation of perception and reason in the arts and in the humanities generally.
Professor Singer is also a novelist who teaches workshops as a member of the faculty of Temple’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is the author of The Ox- Breadth, The Charnel Imp, Memory Wax, Dirtmouth and The Inquisitor's Tongue. He has published short fiction in Western Humanities Review, The Golden Handcuff's Review and TriQuarterly. His current novel-in-progress is titled Play: A Novel, an excerpt of which appears in Golden Handcuffs Review, Spring 2014.
CV: Alan Singer
“Judging Cinema: Peter Greenaway’s Visual J’accuse” in A CRITIQUE OF JUDGMENT FOR FILM AND TELEVISION, PALGRAVE, 2014
"Reverse Anthropomorphisim: the Sex Image and Ethics in Contemporary Art,”
CULTURAL CRITIQUE 84 SPRING 2013
“Herzog and Human Destiny: The Philosophical Purposiveness of the Filmmaker, BLACKWELL COMPANION TO THE FILMS OF WERNER HERZOG, 2012
“Reasonable Imaginings: Learning From Imagination,” in SYMPLOKE, 2012