Associate Professor of English and Chair of the American Studies Program
207 Pardee Hall
(610) 330-5247
belletts@lafayette.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching interests: 20th century American literature and culture; the modern American novel; postmodernism; the Beats; the American 1950s; the American Studies program

Research interests: Cold War literature and culture; the Beats; theories of narrative and postmodernity; the broad relationship between aesthetics and politics

Selected publications:
No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives (Oxford UP, 2012).

American Literature and Culture in an Age of Cold War: A Critical Reassessment, co-edited with Daniel Grausam (Iowa, 2012) l

“The Korean War, the Cold War, and the American Novel.” American Literature 87.1 (March 2015): 51-77.

“Inventing Other Realities: What the Cold War Means for Literary Studies,” in Uncertain Empire: American History and the Idea of the Cold War (Oxford UP, 2012). 75-88.

“Digression, Ethical Work, and Salinger’s Postmodern Turn.” LIT 22.1 (2011): 4-24.

“The Game Theory Narrative and the Myth of the National Security State.” American Quarterly 61.2 (June 2009): 333-357.

“Rescuing Interpretation with Mark Danielewski: The Genre of Scholarship in House of Leaves.” Genre 42.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2009): 99-117.

“Cabaret and Antifascist Aesthetics.” Criticism 50.4 (Fall 2008): 609-630.

“Kerouac His Own Historian: Visions of Cody and the Politics of Historiography.” Clio 37 (Spring 2008): 193-218.

“The Zemblan Who Came in from the Cold, or Pale Fire, Chance, and the Cold War.” ELH 73 (Fall 2006): 755-780.

“Of Pickaninnies and Nymphets: Race in Lolita.” Nabokov Studies 9 (2005): 
1-17.