Aaron Jaffe

Professor Aaron Jaffe speaking at a conference

Aaron Jaffe is a Professor of English. He works on modern and contemporary literature and culture, with a special interest in cultural and aesthetic theory. He received his B.A. from Colgate (1993) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University (2001). He has been a Alexander von Humboldt fellow in Berlin, Germany.

English Courses Recently Taught:

ENGL 302 - 01: British Literature II
ENGL 371 - 01: Special Topics in English and American Language and Literature
ENGL 692 - 75: Topics in Interpretive Theory since 1900
ENGL 547 - 20: Studies in Modern British and/or Irish Literature
ENGL 316 - 01: Modern British and Irish Literature
ENGL 491 - 01: Interpretive Theory: The New Criticism to the Present
ENGL 601 - 75: Introduction to English Studies
ENGL 681 - 75: Seminar in Special Studies
ENGL 105 - 04: Advanced Composition for Freshmen - WC
ENGL 372 - 02: Backstory to Modernism/ Postmoderism

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. from Indiana University

Teaching Areas

  • Modernism and Cultural Theory


In addition to many articles, book chapters and reviews, he is the author of Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2009) and The Way Things Go: An Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

With Jonathan Goldman, he edited Modernist Star Maps (Ashgate, 2010), and, with Edward Comentale, he edited The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies (Indiana University Press, 2009) and The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Center (Indiana University Press, 2014).

Jaffe co-edits, with Comentale, the Year’s Work book series on fans cultures and cultural objects from Indiana University Press.