Jonathan Culler came to Cornell University in 1977 as professor of English and Comparative Literature and in 1982 succeeded M. H. Abrams in the Class of 1916 chair. His Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature (Cornell University Press, 1975), won the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize and established his reputation as analyst and expositor of critical theory. Now known especially for On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after Structuralism (Cornell University Press, 1982) and Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 1997; translated into some 26 languages), he published Theory of the Lyric (Harvard University Press) in the spring of 2015. Professor Culler has been president of the American Comparative Literature Association and chair of Cornell University’s departments of English, Comparative Literature, and Romance Studies, as well as senior associate dean of Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2006.
The Lyric in Theory: A Conversation with Jonathan Culler
Francesco Giusti discusses the theory of the lyric with Jonathan Culler....