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Michael LeMahieu

Michael LeMahieu


Department of English
Office: 101 Strode Tower
Phone: 864.656.0376

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


Contemporary Literature, Capstone Seminar, Topics in American Literature since 1865.

Research Interests
20th/21st Cent American Lit. Civil War Memory. Philosophy of Language.

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.

Professional/Research Links

NEH Fellowship (2019-2020), ACLS Fellowship (2018-2019).


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.

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