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Jordan Brower

Research Interests:
Classical Hollywood Cinema
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
20th Century American Literature

I completed a joint PhD in English Literature and Film and Media Studies, and my recent research and writing attend to the various ways the institution of the Hollywood studio system inflected (primarily) American prose fiction in the first half of the twentieth century. I am beginning new work on contemporary Hollywood’s responses to crises of various scales (e.g. data breaches, executive malfeasance, technological shifts, climate change). I have published scholarship in journals including Critical InquiryModern Language Quarterly, and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and for a popular audience at the Los Angeles Review of Books. I previously taught as a lecturer in the interdisciplinary History and Literature program at Harvard University and, as a graduate student and then adjunct, at Yale University.


Ph.D., English and Film and Media Studies, Yale University (2016)

B.A., English, Amherst College (2007)

Selected Publications:



Classical Hollywood, American Modernism: A Literary History of the Studio System, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2024

American Literature in the World: A Web and Print Anthology, co-edited by Wai Chee Dimock, Jordan Brower, Edgar Garcia, Kyle Hutzler, and Nicholas Rinehart, Columbia University Press, 2017


Academic Articles

"A24's Academic Style; or, Coming of Age in an Era of Student Debt," forthcoming in JCMS: The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies

"'I'm a Vampire': Nicolas Cage circa 2000," Post45: Contemporaries, December 14, 2021

Jordan Brower and Scott Ganz, “One Finch, Two Finch, Red Finch, Blue Finch: Measuring Concentration and Diversity in the Humanities, a Response to Wellmon and Piper,” Critical Inquiry, July 24, 2017

          • Editor’s Choice, Digital Humanities Now, July 27, 2017

“‘Written with the Movies in Mind’: Twentieth Century Literature and Transmedial Possibility,” Modern Language Quarterly 78.2 (June 2017)

The Mill on the Floss, Riparian Law, and the Difficulty of Judgment,” ELH 83.1 (Spring 2016)

“An Immodest Proposal: The Politics of the Portmanteau in Ulysses,” James Joyce Quarterly 51.2 (Winter 2014)

Jordan Brower and Josh Glick, “The Art and Craft of the Screen: Louis Reeves Harrison and The Moving Picture World, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 33:4 (2013)


Criticism and Public Writing

Palmer Rampell and Jordan Brower, "How Harold Bloom misunderstood the fall of the humanities," Washington Post, October 24, 2019

Jordan Brower, “Hacking It: Blade Runner 2049,” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 24, 2017

Jordan Brower, “Will You Be as Gods?: On Silicon Valley,” Los Angeles Review of Books, July 17, 2017

“What We’ve Got Here: Arrival,” Los Angeles Review of Books, December 12, 2016

          • Recommended by the New York Times in “Our Picks,” December 18, 2016

          • Most-read Film/Television/Music essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books, 2016



Review of Jan Baetens, Novelization: From Film to Novel (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), Modern Language Quarterly 81.3 (September 2020)

Review of Jonathan Foltz, The Novel After Film: Modernism and the Decline of Autonomy (Oxford University Press, 2018), Modernism/Modernity 26.1 (January 2019)

Review of Joshua L. Miller, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the American Modernist Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Journal of American Studies 52.1 (February 2018)