Bruce Michelson

Director Emeritus Campus Honors Program, Professor Emeritus of English

Research Interests

Mark Twain Past and Present includes chapters on autobiography and the crisis of memory;on excursion, tourism, and the Realist demeanor; on how Clemens came to be regarded as a 'literary artist,' and on cultural after-images of Huckleberry Finn. In the summer of 2014 I will complete work as Fulbright Professor of American Literature at the University of Antwerp; in the fall I will teach a capstone course for the UI Campus Honors Program, 'College and the American Self.' Current projects include Mark Twain Past and Present, and a new English edition of selected essays by Clemenceau.

Specialty

American, early, Fiction, American, later, Poetry, Humor, wit, and comic discourses

Work(s) in Progress

Mark Twain Past and Present; Clemenceau on Monet and the Arts (translator)

Biography

In the summer of 2014 I will complete work as Fulbright Professor of American Literature at the University of Antwerp; in the fall I will teach a capstone course for the UI Campus Honors Program, 'College and the American Self.'  Current projects include Mark Twain Past and Present and an English edition of selected essays by Clemenceau.  

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • American Literature; Mark Twain; modern cultural response to breakthroughs in the neurosciences.

Research Description

  • Mark Twain Past and Present includes chapters on autobiography and the crisis of memory;on excursion, tourism, and the Realist demeanor; on how Clemens came to be regarded as a 'literary artist,' and on cultural after-images of Huckleberry Finn.  

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Washington; MA University of Washington; AB Williams College

Distinctions / Awards

  • Fulbright Fellowships; Louis J. Budd Award; society presidencies; editorial boards

Publications

Books

  • Claude Monet: The Water-Lilies, and Other Writings on Art. . Urbana, IL: Windsor and Downs, 2017.
  • Teaching with the Norton Anthology of American Literature: A Guide for Instructors. . WW Norton, 2007.
  • Michelson, Bruce. Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution . . University of California Press, 2006.
  • Michelson, Bruce F. Literary Wit. . University of Massachusetts Press , 2000.
  • Michelson, Bruce F. Mark Twain on the Loose: A Comic Writer and the American Self. . University of Massachusetts Press , 1995.
  • Michelson, Bruce. Wilbur's Poetry. . University of Massachusetts Press , 1991.

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Book Contributions

  • "The Mind-Sciences in the Humanities Classroom." he Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. . Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.
  • "Mark Twain’s Mysterious Strangers and the Motions of the Mind." Centenary Reflections on Mark Twain’s No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger. . Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009.

Journal Articles

  • "The Year's Work in American Humor Studies, 2013." Studies in American Humor 41.1 (2015): 41-105.
  • "Comic Dimensions, Low Theory, High Stakes." Studies in American Humor (2014): 35-43.

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