Faculty Profile
Brad Evans

Brad Evans
Associate Professor of English

43 Mine Street | Room 202
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: On Leave Academic Year 2012-2013

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Professor Evans recently co-produced the restoration and screening series of the landmark silent feature film In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914, dir. Edward S. Curtis with the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations, British Columbia); he has also co-edited a volume of companion essays about the project, Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: Edward S. Curtis, the Kwakwaka’wakw, and the Making of Modern Cinema (University of Washington Press, 2014). His first book, Before Cultures: The Ethnographic Imagination in American Literature, 1865-1920 (University of Chicago Press, 2005) asked the question how social difference was perceived, produced and represented artistically in a period before the emergence of cultural pluralism. He has guest-edited a special edition of the journal Criticism on cultural theory and publishes regularly on the history of anthropology. His most recent work moves out in a somewhat new direction, concentrating on the international vogue for proto-modernist periodicals known as "ephemeral bibelots" in the 1890s. In a new book in progress, tentatively titled Black Cats, Butterflies, and the Frisson of Literary Inconsequence: Recovering the Modernity of America's Fin de Siecle, he uses the bibelot vogue to rework the literary history of the period and ask fundamental questions how art moves.
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, University of Chicago
MA, University of Chicago
BA, University of Cincinnati
Nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, African American literature, Native American literature, the history of anthropology and folklore, cultural and network theory with an emphasis on circulation, the aesthetic arts movement and the avant-garde, the history of the short-story, and modernist periodicals
Other Departmental and University Positions

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Books

Before   Cultures: The Ethnographic Imagination in American Literature,   1865-1920

Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
    • Introduction to American Literature: The Classics and the Canon
    • American Realism and Naturalism
    • Nineteenth Century Black Literature
    • The Short Story
    • Post-Bellum/Pre-Harlem: Literature of Race and Culture
    • The American 1890s
    • Henry James
        • American Literature 1865-1920
        • Post-Bellum/Pre-Harlem: Literature of Race and Culture
        • Circulation and Cultural Theory
        • American Regionalism
        • Henry James
          Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
          • ACLS Fellowship, 2012-2013
          • Rutgers Center For Historical Analysis, Faculty Fellow, 2006-2007
          • Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, Teaching Fellow, 2006-2007
          • Andrew W. Mellon Time-Release Grant Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, Spring 2004
          • Executive Committee, Division of Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century American Literature, Modern Languages Association (elected term 2010-2015)
          • Board of Advisors, The Modernist Journals Project (dl.lib.brown.edu/mjp)
          • Executive Committee, Division on Anthropological Approaches to Literature, Modern Languages Association (elected term, 2001-2005)
          • Member, American Anthropological Association
          • Member, American Studies Association
          • Member, Modern Languages Association
          Other Information of Interest

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