Michael Szalay

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Professor, English
School of Humanities
Director, The Culture and Capital Center
School of Humanities
Chair, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1997
M.A., University of Chicago, 1991
B.A., Williams College, 1990, English and History

Phone: (949) 824-3744
Fax: (949) 824-2916
Email: mszalay@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine

Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
20th- and 21st-century U.S. Literature, Media, and Politics
Research Abstract
I teach 20th- and 21st-century U.S. fiction, television, and film, as well as courses on the origins of capitalism in 17th- and 18th-century Europe. My first two books (Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party and New Deal Modernism: American Literature and the Invention of the Welfare State) examine the relationship between literature, liberal governance, and economic crisis. I am now finishing a manuscript on allegory and television.
Publications
French Translation of “HBO’s Flexible Gold”: “L’Or Flexible de HBO,” trans. David Buxton, Variations 22, 2019
 
“Melodrama and Narrative Stagnation in Quality TV,” in Theory & Event, Volume 23 (Spring, 2019)
 
“‘The Real Home of Capitalism’: The AOL Time Warner Merger and Capital Flight,” in Michelle Chihara and Matthew Seybold, eds., The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics (Routledge, 2019).
 
“The Author as Executive Producer,” in Mitchum Huehls and Rachel Greenwald Smith, eds., Neoliberalism and Literary Culture (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017): 255-276.
 
“Ishiguro’s Prestige,” in Western Humanities Review, Fall 2016, 70.3: 139-155
 
“Story Work: Non-Proprietary Autonomy and Contemporary Television Writing,”
co-authored with Catherine Fisk, Television and New Media, June 10, 2016: 1-16
 
“Pimps and Pied Pipers: Quality Television in the Age of Its Direct Delivery,” Journal of American Studies 39:4 (October, 2015).
 
“The Bodies in the Bubble: David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King,” co-authored with Richard Godden, Textual Practice 28:7, special issue, “How Abstract Is It?” ed. Rebecca Colesworthy and Peter Nichols (Fall, 2014). Collection republished as How Abstract Is it? Thinking Capitalism Now (Routledge Press, 2015).
 
“HBO’s Flexible Gold,” Representations 126:1 (Spring, 2014).
 
"New Left Melancholia," in A New Insurgency: The Port Huron Statement in its Times, ed. Howard Brick (University of Michigan Press, 2014)
 
Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party (Stanford University Press, 2012).
 
"The Incorporation Artist: Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia," in The Los Angeles Review of Books, July 10, 2012
 
"The Writer as Producer: The Hip Figure after HBO," in Mad Worlds: Sex, Politics, and Style in the 1960s, ed. Lauren Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, and Robert Rushing (Duke University Press, 2012)
 
"Lionel Trilling's Existential State," Occasion 1.2 (Winter 2011).
 
“Ralph Ellison’s Unfinished Second Skin,” in American Literary History 23.4 (Fall, 2011)
 
"'Eerie Serenity': A Response to John McClure" in Boundary 2 vol. 36, no. 2 (Summer 2009)
 
"Modernism's History of the Dead" in A Concise Companion to American Fiction, 1900-1950, ed. Peter Stonely and Cindy Weinstein (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008).
 
"The White Oriental," in Modern Language Quarterly 67.3 (Sept. 2006)
 
Countercultural Capital: Essays on the Sixties from Some Who Weren’t There, a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism, edited with Sean McCann. 18.2 (Fall, 2005)
 
"Do You Believe in Magic? Literary Thinking After the New Left," and "Paul Potter and the Cultural Turn," co-authored with Sean McCann, in Countercultural Capital, a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism 18.2 (Fall 2005)
 
"All the King's Men; or, The Primal Crime," Yale Journal of Criticism (Fall, 2002).
 
New Deal Modernism: American Literature and the Invention of the Welfare State. Duke University Press, 2000
 
(and Introduction) Jack Balch, Lamps at High Noon, "Radical Novel Reconsidered" Series, ed. Alan Wald. Urbana: Illinois University Press, 2000
 
"'Nothing More than Feelings': Generational Politics and the Authenticity of Alternative Culture." Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall, 1998): 843-59.
Last updated
03/17/2020