Frank Lentricchia, a novelist and literary critic, is the Katharine Everett Gilbert Professor Emeritus of Literature. He received his Ph.D. from Duke in 1966 and has taught at UCLA, UC-Irvine and Rice University. He has taught poetry, film, literature, and fiction courses. He also spent many years as a literary critic and theorist before shifting into a new career as a novelist, and he'll continue that writing in retirement. His chief interests lie in American literature, history of poetry, modernism, the aesthetics of reading, and the history and theory of criticism. His most recent major publications include The Dog Killer of Utica (2014), The Accidental Pallbearer (2012), The Book of Ruth (2005), Crimes of Art and Terror (2003), Modernist Lyric in the Culture of Capital (2002), Close Reading: The Reader (2002), Lucchesi and The Whale (2001), The Music of the Inferno (1999), Johnny Critelli and The Knifeman (1996), The Edge of Night (1994), and Modernist Quartet (1994). He was editorial chair of South Atlantic Quarterly for five years and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.
Katharine Everett Gilbert Professor Emeritus of Literature