Stephen Schryer




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Director of graduate studies

Stephen Schryer’s areas of interest include 20th/21st century American literature, African-American literature, and literary theory.  He is the author of Maximum Feasible Participation: American Literature and the War on Poverty (Stanford University Press, 2018); and Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2011), co-winner of the Canadian Association for American Studies’ Robert K. Martin Book Prize.  He has published articles in PMLA, Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature, and Arizona Quarterly.

His new SSHRC-funded project, tentatively titled “The Conservative Imagination,” looks at the circle of writers and critics associated with National Review from the 1950s to the 1990s, including John Dos Passos, Whittaker Chambers, Hugh Kenner, Guy Davenport, Joan Didion, D. Keith Mano, Russell Kirk, and William F. Buckley, Jr. These writers helped shape American conservatism while also revealing many of its internal contradictions.

Stephen Schryer supervises theses in all areas of American literature, especially American fiction from the 1930s to the present. Current member of the Graduate Academic Unit.