Prof. Evan Brier
I received my Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and began teaching at UMD in the fall of 2007. My research focuses on contemporary American novels, the book trade, and shifts in the novel’s cultural and commercial status since 1950. I am particularly interested in the impact of developments such as the emergence of television on the making, marketing, and reception of American novels. I have published articles and presented at conferences on the works of Dashiell Hammett, Paul Bowles, Grace Metalious, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Tim O’Brien among others.
Teaching and research interests: 20th-century American literature; contemporary ficton; the literary marketplace; film; popular culture; sociology of culture
A Novel Marketplace: Mass Culture, the Book Trade, and Postwar American Fiction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.
“Reading in the 1980s: In Country, Minimalism, and the Age of Niches.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 19 (2008): 231-247.
“Constructing the Postwar Art Novel: Paul Bowles, James Laughlin, and the Making of The Sheltering Sky.” PMLA (January 2006): 186-199.
“The Accidental Blockbuster: Peyton Place in Literary and Institutional Context.” Women's Studies Quarterly (Fall/Winter 2005): 48-65.`
English 2571: Contemporary Literature
English 3564: American Literature II (1865-present)
English 3906: Methods of Literary Study
English 5575: Studies in American Literature After 1914
English 5582: American Novel II (1920-present)
English 8191: Seminar in American Literature (American Literature and the Cold War)
English 8906: Introduction to Critical Theory