Aaron Chandler Ph.D.

Associate Professor
English | School of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • PhD in American Literature, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009.
  • MA in English Literature and Creative Writing, Hollins University, 2002. Concentration in Poetry.
  • BA in English, Roanoke College, 1998.


Primary literary research interests include:

  • post-1945 literature in the United States;
  • representations of poverty in literature and the social sciences;
  • African American literatures and cultures;
  • theories of emotion and affect;
  • race, ethnicity, and migration;
  • class, identity, and poverty;
  • postmodernity and postmodern theory;
  • American studies, popular culture, and consumer culture


Edited Collection

  • Postcommunism, Postmodernism, and the Global Imaginary. Co-Ed with Christian Moraru. New York: Columbia UP. 2010.

Selected Articles:

  • “Slum Simulacra: Jack Kerouac, Oscar Lewis, and Cultures of Poverty.” Twentieth Century Literature (under review)
  • “Egalitarian Longings: The Problem with Pity and the Search for Equality in William Vollmann’s Poor People.” William T. Vollmann: A Critical Companion. Eds. Christopher K. Coffman and Daniel Lukes. University of Delaware Press. 2014.
  • At the Gates of Writing: Matei Calinescu and the Distance Between Rereading and Rewriting.” symploke. 17.2 (2009). 271-276
  • “Mutual Wounding Shall Have Been Won and Heal: Deleuzean Masochism and the Anxiety of Representation in James Agee’s and Walker Evans’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.” Literature Interpretation Theory. 20 (2009): 196-214
  • “An Unsettling, Alternative Self’’: Benno Levin, Emmanuel Levinas, and Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 50.3 (2009): 241-260


Selected Courses:

  • ENG 240 Introduction to African American Literature
  • ENG 281 Broke U.S.A: The Literature of Poverty, Wealth, and Money
  • ENG 281 Whodunnit: Detective and Crime Fiction
  • ENG 281 Political Fictions: The Lies and Literature of American Politics
  • ENG 287 Street Poetry from Whitman to Hip-Hop
  • ENG 332 Critical Approaches to Literature II
  • ENG 340 Mad Men, Masculinity, and Mid-Century American Fiction
  • ENG 381 Violence and Trauma in Contemporary American Literature
  • ENG 381 Stranger than Fiction: Reading Literary Journalism
  • ENG 401 Major Author: August Wilson
  • ENG 402 Major Work: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
  • ENG 402 Major Work: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

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