Eric Bennett


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Ruane Center for the Humanities LL21


Ph.D. - English, Harvard University

M.F.A. - Fiction, University of Iowa Writer's Workshop

Brief Biography:

Eric Bennett grew up in the Midwest, attended Deep Springs College and Harvard College, and received an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University.

Area(s) of Expertise:

20th Century American Fiction & Poetry, Modernism and Postmodernism, Cold War history

Selected Publications:

Bennett, E. (2015) In Samuel Cohen (Ed.), Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press

Bennett, E. (2015) In Michael Levine (Ed.), A Big Enough Lie (Novel). Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly

Bennett, E. (2014) The Pyramid Scheme. New York, NY: Faber/n+1

Bennett, E. (2013) In Graeme Harper (Ed.), Creative Writing and the Cold War University. London: Wiley-Blackwell

Bennett, E. (2012) A Shaggy Beast from a Baggy Monster. New Writing.(9),

Bennett, E. (2010) Ernest Hemingway & the Discipline of Creative Writing, or, Shark Liver Oil. Modern Fiction Studies.(56),

Selected Presentations:

Bennett, E. Cultural Institutions and Cultural Power. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada - "Lecture: Writing From the Bottom Up: American Fiction and Political Fatalism in the Age of the MFA" October, 2015

Bennett, E. Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and Core Texts in the European Context. Amsterdam University College, Amsterdam, Netherlands - "Paper: Fascism, Menarche, Calvinism, and Modernist Form: Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" September, 2015

Bennett, E. American Comparative Literature Association. , Seattle, WA - "Paper: Sincerity and Solipsism: the Shallow Neoliberal Latter-Day Monologists of Ostensibly Deep Consciousness" March, 2015

Bennett, E. Symposium on Social Politics and the Cold War. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME - "Lecture: Containing Bohemia far from Bohemia: Creative Writing Programs in the 1950s." May, 2014

Bennett, E. Associated Writing Programs Special Event. , Seattle, WA - "Guest Speaker: MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction" March, 2014

Bennett, E. Beyond the Victorian/Modernist Divide. ERIAC/University of Rouen, Rouen, France - "Paper: What Maisie (and the Other Children) Knew" March, 2014

Bennett, E. American Literature Association Annual Conference . , Boston, MA - "The Demotic David Foster Wallace, Then and Now" May, 2013

Bennett, E. Association for Core Texts and Courses. , Ottawa, Canada - "Paper: Attack from the Inside" April, 2013

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