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Eric Bennett


Photo of faculty memberAssociate Professor

Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities LL21


Ph.D. - English, Harvard University
M.F.A. - Fiction, University of Iowa Writer's Workshop

Area(s) of Expertise:

20th Century American Fiction & Poetry, Modernism and Postmodernism, Cold War history

Selected Publications:

Bennett, Eric. (2015). Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press.

Bennett, Eric. (2015). A Big Enough Lie (Novel). Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly.

Bennett, Eric. (2014). The Pyramid Scheme. New York, NY: Faber/n+1.

Bennett, Eric. (2013). Creative Writing and the Cold War University. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bennett, Eric. (2012). A Shaggy Beast from a Baggy Monster. New Writing9 (1) Taylor & Francis.

Bennett, Eric. (2010). In John Duvall. (Ed.) Ernest Hemingway & the Discipline of Creative Writing, or, Shark Liver Oil. Modern Fiction Studies56 (3) Johns Hopkins University Press.

Recent Presentations:

Bennett, Eric., Cultural Institutions and Cultural Power, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, "Lecture: Writing From the Bottom Up: American Fiction and Political Fatalism in the Age of the MFA". October, 2015.

Bennett, Eric., Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and Core Texts in the European Context, Amsterdam University College, Amsterdam, Netherlands, "Paper: Fascism, Menarche, Calvinism, and Modernist Form: Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". September, 2015.

Bennett, Eric., American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, WA, "Paper: Sincerity and Solipsism: the Shallow Neoliberal Latter-Day Monologists of Ostensibly Deep Consciousness". March, 2015.

Bennett, Eric., Symposium on Social Politics and the Cold War, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, "Lecture: Containing Bohemia far from Bohemia: Creative Writing Programs in the 1950s.". May, 2014.

Bennett, Eric., Associated Writing Programs Special Event, Seattle, WA, "Guest Speaker: MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction". March, 2014.

Bennett, Eric., Beyond the Victorian/Modernist Divide, ERIAC/University of Rouen, Rouen, France, "Paper: What Maisie (and the Other Children) Knew". March, 2014.

Bennett, Eric., American Literature Association Annual Conference , Boston, MA, "The Demotic David Foster Wallace, Then and Now". May, 2013.

Bennett, Eric., Association for Core Texts and Courses, Ottawa, Canada, "Paper: Attack from the Inside". April, 2013.