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Michael McKeon

Michael McKeon
Board of Governors
Distinguished Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 202
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7945


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Michael McKeon, Professor II and Board of Governors Professor of Literature at Rutgers University, has written three books on topics in interdisciplinary British Studies: Politics and Poetry in Restoration England (Harvard, 1975), The Origins of the English Novel (Hopkins, 1987) (which won the MLA James Russell Lowell Prize for best book of the year), and The Secret History of Domesticity (Hopkins, 2005), which has been the subject of several academic meetings, including a "Roundtable" at the North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Cambridge, MA in 2006 and a one-day “Workshop" at the ”Making Publics Project, 1500-1700," McGill University, Montréal, in 2007. McKeon also has edited the anthology Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach (Hopkins, 2000). He has served on two Executive Committees of the MLA and on the Supervising Committee of the English Institute. At Rutgers this Fall McKeon is teaching his fourth and final dissertation seminar on "Problems in Historical Interpretation for Literary Scholars," supported by the Mellon Foundation.

Other Departmental and University Positions
Coordinator, Rutgers British Studies Project
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, University of Chicago
Book History; Eighteenth Century Literature;
Eighteenth Century Novel; Eighteenth Century Poetry
"Teaching and scholarly research go hand in hand. I'm most careful in my reading of texts when I'm preparing to teach them, and the immediate work of a given class, let alone the extended project of an entire course, provides a major incentive for my relational and contextual understanding of literature. The classroom is the first front where interpretation is tested and refined through discussion. But by the same token, classroom discussion and interpretation generate research that thickens and deepens the understanding that grounds my ongoing choice of what and how I teach. "

 The  Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of  Knowledge

The  Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740

Politics and Poetry in Restoration England: The Case of Dryden's  Annus Mirabilis

Theory  of the Novel: A Historical Approach

Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Eighteenth-Century Novel and Literature
  • History of Literary Theory
  • Political Poetry
  • Early Novel
  • Foundations of Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • Pastoral Poetry
  • The Public and the Private in British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Theory of the Novel
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow, Rutgers University Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, 1994-95
  • Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, 1991-92
  • Member, Committee on Gender Equity, Rutgers University, 2000 - 2001
  • Member, Promotion Review Committee, Rutgers University, 2001
  • Member, Board of Editors, SEL, 1997 -
  • Member, Advisory Committee, PMLA, 1994-97
Other Information of Interest