Ian Afflerbach – Updated C.V. 2018



Assistant Professor of American Literature, University of North Georgia
Department of English (2017- Present)

Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
Georgia Institute of Technology (2016-2017)

Visiting Fellow in American Studies
Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany (2013-2014)



Ph.D. English, emphasis in Critical Theory. University of California, Davis. 2016.
B.A. English and Political Science, Magna Cum Laude. Wake Forest University. 2008



Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Surveying American Late Modernism: Partisan Review and the Cultural Politics of the Questionnaire.” Modernism/modernity (Forthcoming)

“Cocktails or Communism? Vanity Fair‘s Belated Women of the 1930s.” American Periodicals (Fall 2019).

“Liberal Use of Possession: Intellectuals, Abortion, and Tess Slesinger’s Modernism.” ELH (Fall 2018): 803-824.

“Style, Ideology, and Autonomy: Making Room for Late Modernism in the American Scene.” Literature Compass 14.10 (2017): 10.1111/lic3.12408.

“Liberalism’s Blind Judgment: Richard Wright’s Native Son and the Politics of Reception.” Modern Fiction Studies 61.1 (Spring 2015): 90-113.

“California Paranoia in Germany: Teaching the Political Aesthetic of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49.” Teaching American Literature in Theory and Practice 7.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2014): 36-48.

“On the Use and Abuse of Dostoevsky’s The Possessed for Reading Tess Slesinger’s The Unpossessed.” Notes and Queries 259.1 (March 2014): 135-36.

Book Reviews
Transatlantic Aliens: Modernism, Exile, and Culture in Midcentury America, by Will Norman. Canadian Journal of Comparative Literature (Forthcoming)

The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Lindsey Banco. American Literary History Online Series XIII (2017)

Bleak Liberalism by Amanda Anderson. Studies in the Novel 49.4 (Winter 2017): 559-561.

The Democratic Surround: Multimedia & American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties, by Fred Turner. Amerikastudien / American  Studies 60.1 (Winter 2015)

Digital Projects
Astounding Stories at War. This public-facing Omeka archive catalogs stories, illustrations, advertisements, and editorial matter published in America’s preeminent Golden Age Science Fiction periodical, Astounding Stories, during World War II. With over 1,300 items, this archive was compiled collaboratively with students at Georgia Institute of Technology, the Library Archivists, and the Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection.

Reference Work
Academic Advisor for “The Man Who Lived Underground” by Richard Wright. Short Story Criticism Series. Gale Cengage. 2017.

“From Print Culture to Digital Archive: Teaching Modernism through the Little Magazines.” TECHStyle (Nov 2016)

“1919,” “The 42nd Parallel,” and “The Big Money” by John Dos Passos. Three linked entries for The Literary Encyclopedia (2011-2012)



Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia                                                       (2017-
Seeing Race in Literature, Law, and Film
American Modernism
American Literature II (1865-Present)
Science Fiction (First Year Writing)
African-American Literature
Multicultural American Literature

Brittain Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology                                                 (2016-2017)
From Print Culture to Digital Archive: Modern American Literature and its Periodical Regional, Modern, and Simply Astounding: Literature in American Magazines, 1865-1945

Instructor, University of California, Davis                                       (2010-2012, 2014-2015)
Literatures in English since 1900
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Composition

Visiting Instructor, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany       (2013-2014)
Introduction to Critical Theory (MA Seminar)
“African-American Modernisms” (MA Seminar)
Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture
Written Composition: “Introducing the Mechanics of Literary Criticism”

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis                                            (2009-2010)
Modern Literary and Critical Theory
The Cultural History of the Blues
Introduction to Literary Theory
The American Novel, 1900-
The Literature of Secrecy and Terror



Selected Conference Papers 
(2018) “The Audacity of Satire: Obama, Beatty, and the Racial Sellout.” Symposium on the Post-Obama Ethos, organized by the Obama Institute  and Georgia St, Mar 23-24
(2018) “Sinclair Lewis and the Liberals Who Never Learn.” Modern Language Association, Jan 4-7.
(2017) “High Modernism and Low Blows: Tess Slesinger’s Party Politics.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Nov. 3-5.
(2017) “Surveying American Late Modernism: Partisan Review and the Modernist Questionnaire.” Modernist Studies Association, August 10-13.
(2017) “A Liberal Modernism? Crisis and Political Critique in the American 1930s.” American Comparative Literature Association, July 6-9.
(2017) “‘The Situation in American Writing’: Partisan Review and the Cultural Politics of the Modernist Questionnaire.” American Literature Association, May 25-28.
(2017) “Liberal Use of Possession: Intellectuals, Abortion, and Tess Slesinger’s 1930s.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Mar. 23-26
(2016) “Cocktails and Communism: Tess Slesinger and the Ironies of the Modernist Party.” American Literature Association, May 26-29
(2015) “From Democratic Party to Liberal Totalitarianism: Norman Mailer’s Presidential Papers.” Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, Nov. 6-8
(2015) “Nabokov, JFK, and the Politics of Style,” Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute, June 22-28
(2014) “Making Room for Late Modernism: Autonomy and Its Discontents,” Modernist Studies Association 16, Nov 6-9
(2014) “Tragic Liberalism in Midcentury America,” British Association for American Studies, April 10-13
(2013) “A ‘Functional Failure’: Documenting Tragic Politics in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” Modernist Studies Association 15, Aug 29-Sep 3

Other Conference Participation
(2018) “Liberalism and Modernism.” MSA Seminar Co-Organizer, Nov 7-9                    (2017) “Cultures High and Low in 20thC US Literature.” Chair SAMLA 89, Nov 3-5
(2017) “Liberal Modernism, from Crisis to Consensus.” MSA Seminar on “Postwar Modernism.”
(2017) Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, June 12-16
(2015) “Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute, June 22-28
(2014) “The Concept of Late Modernism,” Panel Organizer/Chair, MSA 16, Nov 6-9
(2014) American Studies Graduate Student Symposium. Organizer, JGU, Mainz, Germany, Mar 22

Invited Talks, Interviews, and Podcasts
(2017) “What’s in a Word? Pynchonesque” Interview with WREK 91.1 Atlanta. Dec. 14
(2017) “Realpolitik.” Interview with “The Office Hour” Podcast
(2017) “Fascism and its Symbols, from Germany to the United States.” Invited Talk at Black Student Union, University of North Georgia Nov. 7
(2017) “Partisan Review and American Radicalism.” Invited Talk at the Obama Institute, Mainz, Germany July 11
(2017) “What’s in a Word? Public Humanities” Interview with WREK 91.1 Atlanta. Apr. 10
(2016) “What’s in a Word? Postmodernism” Interview with WREK 91.1 Atlanta. Nov. 11
(2016) “What’s in a Word? Liberalism” Interview with WREK 91.1 Atlanta. Oct. 10
(2014) “‘a rose through concrete’: Compton as a Field of Cultural Production in Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid m.A.A.d. City” Invited Talk at Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany Jan. 16



(2017) Graduate Committee for Jessica Sander Mundy, M.A. English
(2017) Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of English, UNG Cumming
(2017) Organizing Committee, Student Film Competition, Georgia Institute of Technology
(2016-17) Programmatic Assessment Committee, Georgia Institute of Technology
(2016-17) World Englishes Committee, Georgia Institute of Technology
(2016) Reader, Contemporary Literature
(2014-16) English Department Undergraduate Committee, University of California, Davis
(2014-15) Undergraduate Research Center Mentor, University of California, Davis
(2015) MLA Representative, English Graduate Student Association, University of California, Davis
(2013-2014) BA Thesis Supervisor, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany
(2013-2014) Assistant to the Editor, Amerikastudien / American  Studies – A Quarterly
(2012-2013) Co-Chair, English Graduate Student Association, University of California, Davis



Modern Language Association
Modernist Studies Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association