Jordan Brower

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  • Assistant Professor of English
  • English
  • International Film Studies
1365 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Biography
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.
Education

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

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

Selected Publications: 

https://uky.academia.edu/JordanBrower

 

Book

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

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    https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/one_finch_two_finch_red_finch_blue_finch/

          • 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)    https://read.dukeupress.edu/modern-language-quarterly/article-abstract/78/2/243/20129/Written-with-the-Movies-in-Mind-Twentieth-Century

The Mill on the Floss, Riparian Law, and the Difficulty of Judgment,” ELH 83.1 (Spring 2016)     https://muse.jhu.edu/article/612079

“An Immodest Proposal: The Politics of the Portmanteau in Ulysses,” James Joyce Quarterly 51.2 (Winter 2014)    https://muse.jhu.edu/article/628341/pdf

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)     https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01439685.2013.847652

 

Criticism and Public Writing

Palmer Rampell and Jordan Brower, "How Harold Bloom misunderstood the fall of the humanities," Washington Post, October 24, 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/10/24/how-harold-bloom-misunderstood-fall-humanities/

Jordan Brower, “Hacking It: Blade Runner 2049,” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 24, 2017 https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/hacking-it-blade-runner-2049/

Jordan Brower, “Will You Be as Gods?: On Silicon Valley,” Los Angeles Review of Books, July 17, 2017  https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/will-you-be-as-gods/

“What We’ve Got Here: Arrival,” Los Angeles Review of Books, December 12, 2016 https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/weve-got-arrival/

          • 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

 

Reviews

Review of Jan Baetens, Novelization: From Film to Novel (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), Modern Language Quarterly 81.3 (September 2020) https://read.dukeupress.edu/modern-language-quarterly/article-abstract/81/3/394/166356/Novelization-From-Film-to-Novel

Review of Jonathan Foltz, The Novel After Film: Modernism and the Decline of Autonomy (Oxford University Press, 2018), Modernism/Modernity 26.1 (January 2019)    https://muse.jhu.edu/article/718507

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)   https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875817001463

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