About

I am an Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of North Georgia. I research and teach in American fiction, modernist studies, African-American literature, intellectual history, periodicals, and critical theory.

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I am currently completing my first book project,  Making Liberalism New: American Intellectuals, Modern Literature, and the Rewriting of a Political Tradition, for Johns Hopkins U.P. This project tracks a mutually formative relationship between modernist culture and liberal intellectuals in the United States from the 1930s into the 1960s. As it moves through major intellectual episodes in American liberal culture, Making Liberalism New shows how modernist form engaged enduring problems in liberal political theory and practice: corporate personhood, reproductive rights, “color-blind” law, social documentaries, tragic form, and political style. At the same time, it explains how “liberalism” transformed from a relatively unknown term into a keyword in American political life.

Please feel free to reach out by email with questions about my research or teaching: ian.afflerbach@ung.edu

You can also visit my academia.edu page at https://northgeorgia.academia.edu/IanAfflerbach

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