Alexander Pitofsky

Professor
British Literature - 18th Century, Film
104C Sanford
828-262-2326
Office Hours: 
TR 10:00-11:30 (or by appointment)
Education: 
Ph.D., University of Virginia (2000)
Education: 
J.D., Georgetown University (1988)
Education: 
B.A., Columbia University (1985)

Academic Specialty

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture, The Novel, Film, Literature and the Law

Alex Pitofsky joined the ASU English faculty in 2001. His scholarship, which usually focuses on the novel and on British literature, law, and history in the Restoration and the 18th century, has appeared in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Eighteenth Century Life, Postmodern Culture, Twentieth Century Literature, The Mark Twain Annual, Studies in American Culture, and other publications. He is co-editor of The Burney Journal and an officer of The Burney Society, an international organization of scholars interested in the life and career of Frances Burney.

Selected Publications

Book

American Boarding-School Fiction, 1928-1981: A Critical Study (2014)

 

Journal Articles

"Unseen Academy: John Knowles's A Separate Peace." Papers on Language & Literature 49. 4 (September 2013): 390.

"Masculine Competition and Boarding-School Culture in The Catcher in the Rye," Studies in American Culture 34.1 (October 2011): 67-85.

"The Education of Lewis Medlock: Narcissism and Survival in Deliverance," James Dickey Newsletter 25:2 (2009): 1-16.

"Race, Crime, and Motherhood in George Pelecanos's Soul Circus," Studies in Popular Culture 30:2 (2008): 37-57.

"Pap Finn's Overture: Fatherhood, Identity, and Southwestern Culture in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," The Mark Twain Annual 8 (2006): 55-70.

"Race, Manners, and Satire in Burney's A Busy Day," The Burney Journal 8 (2005): 50-63.

"'What Do You Think Laws Were Made For?': Prison Reform Discourse and the English Jacobin Novel," Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 33 (2004): 293-312.

"Captain Mirvan and the Politics of Manners in Evelina," The Burney Journal 7 (2004): 4-12.

"Discipline and Profit in the Prison-Industrial Complex," Postmodern Culture 12:2 (January 2002).

"The Warden's Court Martial: James Oglethorpe and the Politics of Eighteenth-Century Prison Reform," Eighteenth-Century Life 24:1 (2000): 88-102.

"'Detested for Being a Scotchman': English Nationalism in Frances Burney's Evelina," English Language Notes 36:4 (1999): 56-63.

"Dreiser's The Financier and the Horatio Alger Myth," Twentieth Century Literature 44:3 (1998): 276-290. Reprinted in 87 Children's Literature Review. Ed. Scot Peacock. Detroit: Gale, 2003.

"Moran v. Burbine: A Missed Opportunity to Curb Police Deception of Criminal Defense Attorneys," American Criminal Law Review 25 (1987): 89-114.

 

Chapters in Essay Collections

"The Evil Dead and Punk-Rock Cinema," forthcoming

"Springsteen's Intimations of Mortality." Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul. Ed. David Izzo. Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland (2011).

"The Working Man's Blues." The Light in Darkness. Ed. Lawrence Kirsch. Montreal: Lawrence Kirsch Communications (2009).

"Retrenchment and Authenticity in Burney's Love and Fashion." A Celebration of Frances Burney. Ed. Lorna J. Clark. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2007).

"'Don't Let Anybody Hurt Anybody': Working-Class Masculinity in Dominick & Eugene," The Films of Robert M. Young. Ed. Leon Lewis. Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland (2005).

 

Online and Miscellaneous Writing

"Evelina in Morningside Heights," The Burney Letter (Spring 2012).

"'No Retiring from This': Dreams of Escape and the Last Season of The Sopranos," Magazine Americana (2010) <http://www.americanpopularculture.com/television.htm>.

"The West Wing and the Living Dead: An Interview with Dale Bailey," Tabula Rasa (2006) <http://www.tabula-rasa.info/Horror/DaleBailey.html>.

Photo © Marina R. Pitofsky


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