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Faculty Bio

LeMahieu, Michael

LeMahieu, Michael

Associate Professor

Office: 307 Strode

Ph.D. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. English and Spanish, Marquette University

Focus: Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century American, African-American, and Anglophone Literature; Modernism and Postmodernism; History of Ideas; Critical Theory; and Anglo-American Philosophy of Language

Research Interests
Michael LeMahieu is the author of Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975 (Oxford University Press, 2013), reviewed in American Literature, College Literature, Textual Practice, The Year’s Work in English Studies, and Twentieth-Century Literature. With Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, LeMahieu co-edited Wittgenstein and Modernism (University of Chicago Press, 2017). He is currently writing a book on Civil War memory in U.S. literature from the civil rights movement to the contemporary moment. LeMahieu is coeditor of the journal Contemporary Literature.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Wittgenstein and Modernism. Coedited with Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Ian McEwan and the Novel of Ideas” (book chapter). The Cambridge Companion to Ian McEwan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

“The Civil War in the Age of Civil Rights” (book chapter). Timelines of American Literature. Edited by Christopher Hager and Cody Marrs (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), 202-212.

“Bellow’s Private Language” (book chapter). Wittgenstein and Modernism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

“Robert Lowell, Perpetual War, and the Legacy of Civil War Elegy” (journal article). College Literature 43.1 (Winter 2016): 91-120.

“The Novel of Ideas” (book chapter). The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945. Edited by David James (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015).

“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.

Reviews & Interviews

“Civil War Memory in the Civil Rights Movement and Contemporary Culture” (review essay). Co-authored with O. Vernon Burton. American Studies 53.4 (2014): 107-118. Review of David Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, and Thomas J. Brown, ed., Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial.

“The Afterlives of the Author.” Review of Obscure Invitations: The Persistence of the Author in Twentieth-Century American Literature by Benjamin Widiss. Twentieth-Century Literature 60.3 (2014), 414-422.

Entry on “Quine and Qualia.” Dictionary of Untranslatables [translation and expanded edition of Vocabulaire européen des philosophies: Dictionnaire des intraduisibles, edited by Barbara Cassin (Paris: Seuil, 2004)]. Edited by Emily Apter, Jacques Lezra, and Michael Wood (Princeton University Press, 2014), 725-26.