Emeritus Profiles

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  • Michael McKeon
  • Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of English
  • Retired Since: 2021
  • mimckeon@english.rutgers.edu
  • Primary Areas of Specialization: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
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  • Bio: Michael McKeon specializes in the history of literary and cultural forms. His approach to history takes in both the chronological or diachronic dimension of forms and their structural or synchronic relations to other formations—political, social, economic, cultural--with which they coexist at their respective diachronic moments. Within this broad methodological field, McKeon’s attention is concentrated on England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. McKeon has taught and written on a range of topics, among them the aesthetic, realism, disinterestedness, genre theory, narrative theory, parody, allegory and typology, romance and the novel, family romance, the picaresque, pastoral and pastoralism, sensibility, travel narratives, status and class, sex and gender, domestication and domesticity, pornography, patriarchalism, secularization, the quarrel of the ancients and moderns, from feudalism to capitalism, periodization, the division of knowledge, science and literature, civil and religious liberty, the public and the private, the public sphere, libel and censorship, Marxism and literature, dialectical method, politics and poetry, tradition, print culture, virtual reality.
  • Education: PhD, Columbia University MA, Columbia University BA, University of Chicago
Other Departmental and University Positions
  • EmeritusDepartment Graduate Studies (DGS), director
  • School of Arts and Sciences Committee on Gender Equity, member
  • University British Studies Center (RBSC), co-founder; director
  • University Promotion Review Committee (PRC), member
  • University Search Committee for Executive Dean, member
  • University Committee on Academic Planning and Review (CAPR), member

Other Information of Interest

Visiting Professorships

  • Washington University, St. Louis, Fall, 1980
  • Brandeis University, 1986-1987
  • Princeton University, 1989-1990, Spring, 1991
  • Université de Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, Spring, 2008
  • Universidad de Granada, Spain, March: 2010-2013, 2015-2017
  • Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, May, 2012
  • La Sapienza, Università di Roma, Fall, 2016

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