Aaron Jaffe

Professor
Email: aaron.jaffe @ louisville.edu
Phone:502-852-3046
Office Hours: Fall Term: MWF 10:00 - 11:00

Bio

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.

Courses Taught

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105 Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication(WR). An introduction to English Studies,providing an overview of forms such as poetry, drama,and the novel,and an introduction to terminology and methods used in analyzing texts.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. A survey course of British writers. Historical period: 1700-1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105, membership in English Honors Program. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Two seminars required of all students within the departmental honors program.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-316; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-316. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from British and Irish literature, 1900 to the present. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: post-1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-321; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-321. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from 1910 to 1960. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: post 1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). An intensive study in the works from a particular literary movement ( e.g. Magical Realism, Postmodern Fiction, or Visual Poetry). May be repeated once for credit. Historical period: varies by semester-see schedule of courses.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310; Junior standing. An in-depth investigation of a particular area of interpretive theory.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; junior standing. In-depth study of selected movements, genres, topics, or groupings of writers from the turn of the century through 1950. Historical Period: post-1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 310; junior standing. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). In-depth analysis of and intensive writing about a focused area of study within the discipline of English.
Introduces students to research methods, print and electronic resources, strategies for reading and writing scholarly texts, and the seminar format.
Intensive study of major writers and literary movements in the English-speaking world during the twentieth century, with attention to literary and intellectual traditions and to the most recent critical approaches.
A selective survey of theories of interpretation from the New Criticism to the present, and of interpretive practices based on these theories.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; English 691 or equivalent. A graduate seminar dealing with a specific topic or area of inquiry within the broad field of post-1900 theories of interpretation.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. from Indiana University

Teaching Areas

  • Modernism and Cultural Theory

Select Publications:

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.