Alan Nadel

  • William T. Bryan Professor
  • American Studies
  • English
  • International Film Studies
1363 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Office Hours Fall 2018: T 3-4

Ph.D. Rutgers University


Areas of Specialty:

  • Post-WWII American literature and culture
  • American Film and Television
  • Cold War Studies
  • American Studies, with an emphasis on the representation of race
Selected Publications: 
  • Television in Black-and-White America: Race and National Identity. UP Kansas, 2005.
  • Flatlining on the Field of Dreams: Cultural Narratives in the Films of President Reagan's America. Rutgers UP, 1997.
  • Containment Culture: American Narrative, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age.  Duke UP, 1995.
  • Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon. U Iowa P, 1988; paperback, 1991.
  • (Editor.) May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson. U Iowa P, 1994.
  • "God's Law and the Wide Screen: The Ten Commandments as Cold War 'Epic'." PMLA, May 1993, 415-430 (winner of the Modern Language Association 1993 William Riley Parker Prize).
  • "Reading the Body: Alice Walker's Meridian and the Archeology of Self." Modern Fiction Studies, Spring 1988, 55-67 (winner of 1988 "Margaret Church MFS Memorial Prize").
  • Poetry in: Georgia Review, New England Review, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Shenandoah, Sycamore Review.
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