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  • Brad Evans
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Professor of English
  • Unit: Undergraduate Office
  • At Rutgers Since: 1999
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  • bevans@rutgers.edu
  • Office: 43 Mine Street, Room 202, College Ave Campus Murray Hall, Room 104
  • Office Hours:

    Thursdays 4-6PM

  • Primary Areas of Specialization: Nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, the history of anthropology, periodical studies, and documentary film. Topics of current interest include pragmatism, the American short-story, and relational aesthetics.
  • Field of Interest: Book and Media History, Nineteenth-Century American, Pedagogy, Twentieth Century
  • About:

    Brad Evans is a specialist in 19th and 20th century American literature. He is the author of two books, Before Cultures: The Ethnographic Imagination in American Literature (2005) and Ephemeral Bibelots: How an International Fad Buried American Modernism (2019). He co-produced the restoration of In the Land of the Head Hunters, a 1914 silent feature film directed by the photographer Edward Curtis and starring an all-indigenous cast from the Kwakwaka’wakw community of British Columbia, Canada. The film is now listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. He has for many years led the Pragmatism Working Group at the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis. His new project is tentatively titled Missed Connections: “Relational Aesthetics” from Henry James to Felix Gonzales Torres. It considers the various ways that artists since the 1850s have taken up the remarkably difficult challenge of representing relations.

  • Book(s):
  • Undergraduate Courses Taught:

    American Literature Survey 1865-Present
    Principles of Literary Study, Fiction
    19th Century American Literature
    19th Century Black Literature
    American Realism and Naturalism
    Early 20th Century American Literature
    The Short Story
    The Cultural History of Now: Inequality, The New Gilded Age?
    English Honors Thesis Proseminar
    Seminar: American Vernacular
    Seminar: Black Writing at the Fin de Siècle
    Seminar: Henry James
    Seminar: Henry James, Edith Wharton and the Ends of Realism
    SAS Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: What is Culture?
    Byrne Seminar: The Paris Art Scene in 1900, Reading The Ambassadors
    Byrne Seminar: Restoring A Silent Film
    Byrne Seminar: What is Culture?
    Byrne Seminar: The Fault in Our Fiction: John Green and Literary Criticism Today

  • Graduate Courses Taught:

    Relational Aesthetics and American Literature
    Franz Boas v. William James: Pluralism at the Turn of the Century
    Circulation and Cultural Theory
    Post-Bellum/Pre-Harlem
    Locating American Realism
    Local Color
    An Infidelity to Realism
    American Literature 1860-1925
    From Balzac to Noguchi: American Literature 1860-1910
    Henry James, Edith Wharton, and the Ends of Realism

  • Awards:
    • 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
  • Membership Affiliations:
    • 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 Publications:
    • "Realism as Modernism," in ed. Keith Newlin, The Oxford Handbook of American Realism (forthcoming).
    • "Review Essay: Racial Mediums," American Literary History 28:3 (Fall 2016) 613-623.
    • "What Travels? The Movement of Movements; or, Ephemeral Bibelots from Paris to Lansing, with Love," in eds. James J. Connolly, Frank Felsenstein, Kenneth R. Hall, Robert Hall, and Patrick Collier, Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016) 181-214.
    • "Relating in Henry James (The Artwork of Networks)," The Henry James Review 36:1 (Winter 2015) 1-23.
    • "Indian Movies and the Vernacular of Modernism," in eds. Evans and Glass, Return to the Land of the Head Hunters (Univ. of Washington Press, 2014), 190-211.
    • “Ephemeral Bibelots’ in the 1890s,” The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Vol 2, North America 1894-1960 (2012).
    • “Introduction to Le Petit Journal des Refusées,” The Modernist Journals Project, Online Publication: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/mjp/render.php?id=mjp.2005.00.119&view=mjp_object.
    • “Introduction: Rethinking the Disciplinary Confluence of Anthropology and Literary Studies”
      Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 49.4, 2007
    • “Where Was Boas During the Renaissance in Harlem? Race, Diffusion, and the Culture Paradigm in the History of Anthropology” 
      History of Anthropology Series 11, 2006
    • “Howellsian Chic: The Local Color of Cosmopolitanism” 
      ELH: English Literary History 71, 2004
    • "Commentary: Catherine Russell's Recovery of the Head-Hunters"  
      Visual Anthropology 11, 1998
    • "Cushing's Zuni Sketchbooks: Literature, Anthropology and American Notions of Culture" 
      American Quarterly 49, December 1997
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  • Education: PhD, University of ChicagoMA, University of ChicagoBA, University of Cincinnati