Amy Hungerford

Professor of English and American Studies; Master Morse College

Address: LC 421
Phone: 203-432-9665
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Ph.D., English and American Literature, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
M.A. Poetry, The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University, 1993
B.A./M.A., Political Science and Humanities, with Honors in the Humanities, 1992

Amy Hungerford is Professor of English at Yale. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Professor Hungerford is author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003) and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010). Her new monograph, Making Literature Now (complete in June of 2014) is about the social networks within which contemporary literature comes to be. Using both literary-critical and ethnographic methods, the book examines how those networks shape the aesthetic evolution of the novel and our practices of reading. Essays from the project have recently appeared in ALH and Contemporary Literature.  Prof. Hungerford’s undergraduate teaching is known worldwide through her popular, and free, online course, “The American Novel Since 1945.” In the graduate program, she teaches regular seminars on 20th and 21st century literature, criticism, and book history, and convenes a lively dissertation workshop for students studying late-19th to 21st century American and British literature.

Prof. Hungerford is a founder of Post•45 (a professional association for scholars working in post-45 literary and cultural studies), and site editor of, an open-access journal publishing a curated stream of peer reviewed and general interest work in the field, working on the Peer Reviewed  section of the site with co-editors Mary Esteve (Concordia) and Sean McCann (Wesleyan). As a member of the Post•45 board she has helped to organize five of the group’s conferences since 2006. 

Prof. Hungerford is the incoming editor of the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume E, “Literature Since 1945.” Her reviewing and public media work includes regular review essays on contemporary fiction in the Yale Review and occasional contributions to the Huffington, and radio programs on NPR. She serves as the Master of Morse College at Yale University, where she lives with her family.



--Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton University Press, 2010)

--The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification ( Chicago, 2003)

--“Religion and the Twentieth-Century American Novel,” in The Cambridge History of the American Novel, ed. Leonard Caputo, Clare Ebby and Benjamin Reiss (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2010)

--“Don DeLillo’s Latin Mass,” Contemporary Literature 47.3 (Fall, 2006)

--“Postmodern Supernaturalism: Ginsberg and the Search for a Supernatural Language,” in “Contercultural Capital,” edited by Sean McCann and Michael Szalay, a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism 18.2 (Fall, 2005): 269-98

--“Memorizing Memory,” in the “Interpretation and the Holocaust,” a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism 14.1 (Spring, 2001): 67-92

--“Surviving Rego Park: Holocaust Theory from Art Spiegelman to Berel Lang,” in The Americanization of the Holocaust, ed. Hilene Flanzbaum (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), 102-24

--Recent book reviews of Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor, Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke, and Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood have appeared in The Yale Review and

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Literature Now; Four American Writers Since 1940; American Literature Since 1945 (lecture course); Introduction to the Study of American Literature; Holocaust and Literature, 1950 to the Present; Introduction to Literary Study; What Haunts America?

GRADUATE COURSES: Postmodern Fiction, Postmodern Theory; Post-1945 American Fiction, The Teaching of English

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