Associate Professor, American literature and literary theory
Office: 307 Strode
Focus: American Literature, Critical Theory, History of Ideas
Michael LeMahieu’s most recent book project, Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975 (Oxford 2013), argues that the philosophy of logical positivism exerted a determining influence on the development of postwar American fiction, even in texts that actively erase that influence. His research interests more generally include twentieth- and twenty-first-century American, Anglophone, and British literature; modernism and postmodernism; history of ideas; the novel of ideas and narrative theory; critical theory; and Anglo-American philosophy of language. LeMahieu is Director of the Pearce Center for Professional Communication and Associate Editor for American Fiction for the journal Contemporary Literature. He is currently editing a volume of essays with Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé titled Wittgenstein and Modernism (under contract at the University of Chicago Press).
Selected Professional Works
Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975, Oxford University Press, 2013.
Books (In Production or Under Contract)
Wittgenstein and Modernism. Co-edited with Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé. Under contract at University of Chicago Press.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)
“The Theater of Hustle and the Hustle of Theater: Play, Player, and Played in Susan-Lori Parks’s Topdog/Underdog.” African American Review 45.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2012), 33-47.
“Creative Inquiry: Facts, Values, and Undergraduate Research in the Humanities.” Reading, Writing, and Research: The Undergraduate Student as Scholar in Literary and Cultural Studies. Edited by Laura Behling (Washington, D.C.: Council on Undergraduate Research, 2009), 29-41.
“Nonsense Modernism: The Discourse of Modernity, the Language of Feelings, and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus.” Bad Modernisms. Edited by Douglas Mao and Rebecca L. Walkowitz (Duke UP, 2006), 68-93.
Reviews & Interviews
Review of Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress, eds. Emmett Till in Literary Imagination and Memory. African American Review 44.1 (Spring 2011), forthcoming.
Interview with Dorothy Allison, Contemporary Literature 51.4 (Winter 2010), 651-676.
Review of Robert Chodat, Worldly Acts, Sentient Things: The Persistence of Agency from Stein to DeLillo. Modernism/Modernity 17.1 (January 2010): 49-50.