Alexander Jacobs

Email: 

awjacobs@uchicago.edu

Research Interests: 

19th century American literature; 20th century American literature; poetry and poetics; affect theory; ethics; African-American literature

Graduation Year: 

2017

Dissertation Title: 

"Pedagogies of Failure in 19th Century America"

Workshops: 

American Cultures

Biography: 

I'm originally from Philadelphia and completed my undergraduate degree in English at Stanford University. My dissertation is about what lives in the shadow of the American Dream, that is, failure and failing. I focus on various literary and non-literary archives from late 19th century America to track the political subject’s relationship to historical trauma and self-fashioned interiority. As a whole I work to reconceive our understanding of American naturalism, the event and temporality, and failure and its affects. When I'm not writing or teaching I'm usually walking my dog.

Teaching Experience: 

Course Assisted for:
  • English 25407 Emily Dickinson 
  • English 22800 Chicago
  • English 16600 Shakespeare II: Tragedies and Romances
 
Stand Alone Courses Taught: 
  • English: 26207 Success, Failure and the American Dream 
 
I'm also credentialed to teach English 13000 (Little Red Schoolhouse), Advanced Undergraduate and Professional Writing