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Arthur Redding

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Department of English

Professor

Office: Atkinson Building, 718
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 30442
Email: aredding@yorku.ca
Attached CV: https://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/files/redding-york-cv-2020.doc

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Art Redding has written about various American literary and cultural figures, including Emma Goldman, Langston Hughes, F. O. Matthiessen, Arthur Miller, Mary McCarthy, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, Clint Eastwood, Toni Morrison, Bret Easton Ellis, and Kathy Acker.

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., University of Texas at Dallas
B.A., Kenyon College

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

President, Canadian Association for American Studies, 2014-2016

Community Contributions

President, York University Faculty Association (2018-2020)

Research Interests

, Ghosts, memory, and ethnic identity in contemporary American literature and culture; Twentieth-century public intellectuals in America; Culture and politics of the Cold War; Anarchism and political violence; Pulp and paperback fiction.

Current Research Projects

What Would Robert Mitchum Do? Pulp Culture and Postwar American Virilities

    Summary:

    The manuscript is under contract to Palgrave Macmillan.

    Description:

    My title is inspired by Somebody Owes Me Money (1969), a comic thriller by prolific crime writer, Donald E. Westlake. Hunted down and captured by gangsters, the protagonist asks himself, “what would Robert Mitchum do now, what would he do in a situation like this?” (38). The plots of such formula fictions unfold around the predicament of an “everyman” who, in a moment of crisis, is challenged to test his mettle; in so doing, he measures himself against an array of culturally available models of heroic or romantic masculine competence. Such books repeatedly ask their readers to imagine what it is to be a man. The answers provided, however, are more varied and unsettling than we might expect. At the same, time, such popular works provide in compelling if highly sensationalized form rich cultural genealogies for the workaday misogyny and institutionalized forms of racism entrenched within American culture. Advancing the need for a replete critical history of portrayals of masculinity in all spaces of the American imagination, What Would Robert Mitchum Do? interrogates the vast, remarkably varied repertoire of masculine performance in postwar cultural production.

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    Funders:
    SSHRC
Books

Publication
Year

Radical Legacies: Twentieth Century Public Intellectuals in the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington (Rowman & Littlefield), 2015. 161pp. Link to Website

2015

Haints: American Ghosts, Millennial Passions, and Contemporary Gothic Fictions. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2011. 168pp.
Link to Website

2011

Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 200pp.
Link to Website

2008

Raids on Human Consciousness: Writing, Anarchism, and Violence. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998. 275pp.
Link to Website

1998

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“North American Literature.”The Palgrave Handbook to Cold War Literature . Ed. Andrew Hammond. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

2020

“Cold War.” American Literature in Transition, 1950-1960. Ed. Steven Belletto. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2018. 17-30.

2018

“Built Ford Tough: The Sincerity of John Ford and the Persistence of the American Western.” The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre since 9/11. Ed. Scott F. Stoddart. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016. 10-19.

2016

“Apocalyptic Gothic.” A Companion to American Gothic. Ed. Charles L. Crow. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. 447-460.

2014

“Be Free! Globalism and Democratic Pedagogy in Henry James and Henry Adams.” Affinities: Essays in Honour of Professor Tadeusz Rachwa?. Ed. Agnieszka Pantuchowicz and S?awomir Mas?o?. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014. 61-76.

2014

“Merely Political: Glam Terrorism and Celebrity Politics in Bret Easton Ellis’ Glamorama.” Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park. Edited by Naomi Mandel. London: Continuum, 2010. 98-112.

2010

“Invisibilities: Counternational Self-production in American Literature, from Ralph Ellison to Gloria Anzaldua.” The Nation of the Other. Edited by Anna Branach-Kallas and Katerzyna Wi?ckowska. Copernicus University Press, 2004. 129-138.

2004

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Eisenhower Blues: Returning GIs and Racial Masquerade in Postwar American Film and Fiction.” Canadian Review of American Studies 50.1 (2020): 8-44.

2020

“Darlings of the Weather Underground: Political Desire and Fictions of Radical Women.” Minnesota Review 90 (2018): 70-88.

2018

“Burial Grounds and Dead Lovers: Places of Interment in the Gothic Modernism of the American South.”Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 8.2 (2017): 69-78.

2017

“The Niagara Corridor and Canadian/American Radicalism in the 19th Century.” Journal of Comparative American Studies. 13. 1-2 (June 2015): 74-90.

2015

“American Tourism and the Emergence of Mass Culture: Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.” A & E. (Anglistik und Englischunterricht) : Literature and Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America. 82 (2014): 107-120.

2014

“A Finish Worthy of the Start: The Poetics of Age and Masculinity in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.” Film Criticism 38.3 (Spring 2014): 2-23.

2014

“Turning Poetry into Bread: Langston Hughes, Travel-writing, and the Professionalization of African-American Literary Production.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 29.2. (Winter 2014) : 1-18.

2014

Guest Editor, Writing Technologies 3 (2010).
Link to Website

2010

“Abandoning Hope in American Fiction of the 1980s: Catalogues of Gothic Catastrophe.” Gramma 16 (2008): 273-289.

2008

“Frontier Mythographies: Savagery and Civilization in Frederick Jackson Turner and John Ford.” Literature/Film Quarterly 35.4 (2007): 313-322.

2007

“Closet, Coup and Cold War: F.O. Matthiessen’s From the Heart of Europe.” boundary2 33.1 (2006): 171-201.

2006

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon: The Balkans and Cultural Studies.” Angelaki 6.1. (April 2001) : 173-183.

2001

“‘Haints’: American Ghosts, Ethnic Memory, and Contemporary Fiction.” Mosaic 34.4 (December 2001): 163-182.

2001

“In a Sense Abroad: American Teachers in East Central Europe.” Association of Departments of English Bulletin 123 (Fall 1999): 46-49.

1999

“‘God the Linguist Teaches Us to Breathe’: Ivan Blatný’s Poems in English.” Brno Studies in English (Czech Republic) 23.3 (Spring 1997): 129-144.

1997

“The Dream Life of Political Violence: Georges Sorel, Emma Goldman, and the Modern Imagination.” Modernism/modernity 2.2 (April 1995):1-16.

1995

“Bruises, Roses: Masochism and the Writing of Kathy Acker.” Contemporary Literature 35.2 (Summer 1994): 281-304.

1994

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Darlings of the Weather Underground: Fictions of Radical Women Fugitives.” Borders with Boundaries. Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Joint Panel of the Canadian Association for American Studies/Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Conference. Brock University. St. Catherine, Ontario. May 2014.

2014

“Port Huron and Beyond: Localizing the American New Left.” Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference. Tampere, Finland. July 2014.

2014

“‘Don’t Wave That Goddamn Flag at Me’: The Early Films of Samuel Fuller.” Conference on American Circuits, American Secrets. Banff, Alberta. September 2014.

2014

“‘Between the Civilized Centers and the Areas of Cornbread and Revival’: Prohibition Culture in Chicago and on the Great Lakes.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. Waterloo, Ontario. October 2013.

2013

“The Niagara Corridor and Canadian/American Radicalism in the 19th Century.” Culture and the Canada-US Border conference. “Straddling Boundaries: Hemispherism, Cultural Identity, and Indigeneity.” Algoma University, Saulte Ste. Marie. May 2013.

2013

“Rust Never Sleeps: Contemporary Cultures of the Great Lakes.” Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference. Paris. July 2012.

2012

“Mark Twain, American Tourism, and the Emergence of Mass Culture.” “Buying America: Literature and Consumption in the Long 19th Century.” International Conference. Paderborn, Germany. June 2012.

2012

“The Great Lakes as a Transnational Cultural Region.” Urban Affairs Association 42nd Conference: “Rethinking the Future of Urbanism: Cities and Regions in a Post-Industrial Era.” Pittsburgh. April 2012.

2012

“From The Island of Doctor Moreau to Splice: Horror and Eros in Fantasies of Inter-Species Reproduction.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Brown University, Providence, RI. March-April 2012.

2012

“A Finish Worthy of the Start: Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. Ottawa, Ontario. November 2011.

2011

“Built Ford Tough: John Ford and the Persistence of the American Western.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Montreal, QC. April 2010.

2010

“Mary McCarthy’s Swizzle Sticks: Food, Drink, and Consumerism in the American Depression.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. Windsor, ON. October 2010.

2010

“The Cold War, Memoir, and Black American Literary Production: Langston Hughes’ I Wonder as I Wander.” Cold War Cultures: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Austin, TX. September-October 2010.

2010

“The Politics of Literary Form in the Short Stories of Paul Goodman.” The Border as Fiction: 11th International Conference on the Short Story in English. Toronto, ON. June 2010.

2010

“Prussianizing the United States: The Deportation of Emma Goldman and the Origins of the Modern Security State.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. London, ON. November 2009.

2009

“‘Everyday Torture,’ the Politics of Incarceration, and the Future of American Empire: Revisiting the Work of Angela Davis.” Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences/Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Conference. Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. May 2009.

2009

“‘MY MOTHER is a fish’: Miscegenation, Hybridity, and Aquatic Sexuality in American Literature.” Spanish Association of American Studies 9th International Conference. Barcelona, Spain. April 2009.

2009

“American Public Intellectuals and Mass Culture during the Cold War.” Conference on The Individual and the Mass. Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. May-June 2008.

2008

“Atlanta Gothic: Writing the Atlanta Child Murders.” Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference. Kingston, Jamaica. July 2008.

2008

“Transnational Trajectories: Mary Antin and Randolph Bourne.” Annual Conference of the American Literature Association. San Francisco, CA. May 2008.

2008

“Melville’s Cold War: Re-reading C. L. R. James’ Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways.” Hearts of Darkness: Melville and Conrad in the Space of World Culture. Melville Society’s Sixth Annual International Conference. Szczecin, Poland. August 2007.

2007

“‘The Time for Tolerance Is Over’: The Production of Cold War Consensus and the Eclipse of American Radical Culture.” The First North American Conference on Radicalism. East Lansing, MI. January 2007.

2007

“Damned If You Don’t: Exceptionalism, Inquisitorial Power, and the Staging of Dissent in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Today.” Canadian Association of American Studies Annual Conference. Kingston, ON. October 2006.

2006


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/EN6683 3.0 A 20th Century American Public Intellect. SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/EN2178 3.0 A The English Detective Novel SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/EN3350 3.0 M Harlem Renaissance SEMR


Art Redding has written about various American literary and cultural figures, including Emma Goldman, Langston Hughes, F. O. Matthiessen, Arthur Miller, Mary McCarthy, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, Clint Eastwood, Toni Morrison, Bret Easton Ellis, and Kathy Acker.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., University of Texas at Dallas
B.A., Kenyon College

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

President, Canadian Association for American Studies, 2014-2016

Community Contributions

President, York University Faculty Association (2018-2020)

Research Interests

, Ghosts, memory, and ethnic identity in contemporary American literature and culture; Twentieth-century public intellectuals in America; Culture and politics of the Cold War; Anarchism and political violence; Pulp and paperback fiction.

Current Research Projects

What Would Robert Mitchum Do? Pulp Culture and Postwar American Virilities

    Summary:

    The manuscript is under contract to Palgrave Macmillan.

    Description:

    My title is inspired by Somebody Owes Me Money (1969), a comic thriller by prolific crime writer, Donald E. Westlake. Hunted down and captured by gangsters, the protagonist asks himself, “what would Robert Mitchum do now, what would he do in a situation like this?” (38). The plots of such formula fictions unfold around the predicament of an “everyman” who, in a moment of crisis, is challenged to test his mettle; in so doing, he measures himself against an array of culturally available models of heroic or romantic masculine competence. Such books repeatedly ask their readers to imagine what it is to be a man. The answers provided, however, are more varied and unsettling than we might expect. At the same, time, such popular works provide in compelling if highly sensationalized form rich cultural genealogies for the workaday misogyny and institutionalized forms of racism entrenched within American culture. Advancing the need for a replete critical history of portrayals of masculinity in all spaces of the American imagination, What Would Robert Mitchum Do? interrogates the vast, remarkably varied repertoire of masculine performance in postwar cultural production.

    Project Type: Funded
    Funders:
    SSHRC

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“North American Literature.”The Palgrave Handbook to Cold War Literature . Ed. Andrew Hammond. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

2020

“Cold War.” American Literature in Transition, 1950-1960. Ed. Steven Belletto. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2018. 17-30.

2018

“Built Ford Tough: The Sincerity of John Ford and the Persistence of the American Western.” The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre since 9/11. Ed. Scott F. Stoddart. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016. 10-19.

2016

“Apocalyptic Gothic.” A Companion to American Gothic. Ed. Charles L. Crow. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. 447-460.

2014

“Be Free! Globalism and Democratic Pedagogy in Henry James and Henry Adams.” Affinities: Essays in Honour of Professor Tadeusz Rachwa?. Ed. Agnieszka Pantuchowicz and S?awomir Mas?o?. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014. 61-76.

2014

“Merely Political: Glam Terrorism and Celebrity Politics in Bret Easton Ellis’ Glamorama.” Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park. Edited by Naomi Mandel. London: Continuum, 2010. 98-112.

2010

“Invisibilities: Counternational Self-production in American Literature, from Ralph Ellison to Gloria Anzaldua.” The Nation of the Other. Edited by Anna Branach-Kallas and Katerzyna Wi?ckowska. Copernicus University Press, 2004. 129-138.

2004

Books

Publication
Year

Radical Legacies: Twentieth Century Public Intellectuals in the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington (Rowman & Littlefield), 2015. 161pp. Link to Website

2015

Haints: American Ghosts, Millennial Passions, and Contemporary Gothic Fictions. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2011. 168pp.
Link to Website

2011

Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 200pp.
Link to Website

2008

Raids on Human Consciousness: Writing, Anarchism, and Violence. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998. 275pp.
Link to Website

1998

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Eisenhower Blues: Returning GIs and Racial Masquerade in Postwar American Film and Fiction.” Canadian Review of American Studies 50.1 (2020): 8-44.

2020

“Darlings of the Weather Underground: Political Desire and Fictions of Radical Women.” Minnesota Review 90 (2018): 70-88.

2018

“Burial Grounds and Dead Lovers: Places of Interment in the Gothic Modernism of the American South.”Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 8.2 (2017): 69-78.

2017

“The Niagara Corridor and Canadian/American Radicalism in the 19th Century.” Journal of Comparative American Studies. 13. 1-2 (June 2015): 74-90.

2015

“American Tourism and the Emergence of Mass Culture: Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.” A & E. (Anglistik und Englischunterricht) : Literature and Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America. 82 (2014): 107-120.

2014

“A Finish Worthy of the Start: The Poetics of Age and Masculinity in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.” Film Criticism 38.3 (Spring 2014): 2-23.

2014

“Turning Poetry into Bread: Langston Hughes, Travel-writing, and the Professionalization of African-American Literary Production.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 29.2. (Winter 2014) : 1-18.

2014

Guest Editor, Writing Technologies 3 (2010).
Link to Website

2010

“Abandoning Hope in American Fiction of the 1980s: Catalogues of Gothic Catastrophe.” Gramma 16 (2008): 273-289.

2008

“Frontier Mythographies: Savagery and Civilization in Frederick Jackson Turner and John Ford.” Literature/Film Quarterly 35.4 (2007): 313-322.

2007

“Closet, Coup and Cold War: F.O. Matthiessen’s From the Heart of Europe.” boundary2 33.1 (2006): 171-201.

2006

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon: The Balkans and Cultural Studies.” Angelaki 6.1. (April 2001) : 173-183.

2001

“‘Haints’: American Ghosts, Ethnic Memory, and Contemporary Fiction.” Mosaic 34.4 (December 2001): 163-182.

2001

“In a Sense Abroad: American Teachers in East Central Europe.” Association of Departments of English Bulletin 123 (Fall 1999): 46-49.

1999

“‘God the Linguist Teaches Us to Breathe’: Ivan Blatný’s Poems in English.” Brno Studies in English (Czech Republic) 23.3 (Spring 1997): 129-144.

1997

“The Dream Life of Political Violence: Georges Sorel, Emma Goldman, and the Modern Imagination.” Modernism/modernity 2.2 (April 1995):1-16.

1995

“Bruises, Roses: Masochism and the Writing of Kathy Acker.” Contemporary Literature 35.2 (Summer 1994): 281-304.

1994

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Darlings of the Weather Underground: Fictions of Radical Women Fugitives.” Borders with Boundaries. Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Joint Panel of the Canadian Association for American Studies/Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Conference. Brock University. St. Catherine, Ontario. May 2014.

2014

“Port Huron and Beyond: Localizing the American New Left.” Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference. Tampere, Finland. July 2014.

2014

“‘Don’t Wave That Goddamn Flag at Me’: The Early Films of Samuel Fuller.” Conference on American Circuits, American Secrets. Banff, Alberta. September 2014.

2014

“‘Between the Civilized Centers and the Areas of Cornbread and Revival’: Prohibition Culture in Chicago and on the Great Lakes.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. Waterloo, Ontario. October 2013.

2013

“The Niagara Corridor and Canadian/American Radicalism in the 19th Century.” Culture and the Canada-US Border conference. “Straddling Boundaries: Hemispherism, Cultural Identity, and Indigeneity.” Algoma University, Saulte Ste. Marie. May 2013.

2013

“Rust Never Sleeps: Contemporary Cultures of the Great Lakes.” Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference. Paris. July 2012.

2012

“Mark Twain, American Tourism, and the Emergence of Mass Culture.” “Buying America: Literature and Consumption in the Long 19th Century.” International Conference. Paderborn, Germany. June 2012.

2012

“The Great Lakes as a Transnational Cultural Region.” Urban Affairs Association 42nd Conference: “Rethinking the Future of Urbanism: Cities and Regions in a Post-Industrial Era.” Pittsburgh. April 2012.

2012

“From The Island of Doctor Moreau to Splice: Horror and Eros in Fantasies of Inter-Species Reproduction.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Brown University, Providence, RI. March-April 2012.

2012

“A Finish Worthy of the Start: Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. Ottawa, Ontario. November 2011.

2011

“Built Ford Tough: John Ford and the Persistence of the American Western.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Montreal, QC. April 2010.

2010

“Mary McCarthy’s Swizzle Sticks: Food, Drink, and Consumerism in the American Depression.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. Windsor, ON. October 2010.

2010

“The Cold War, Memoir, and Black American Literary Production: Langston Hughes’ I Wonder as I Wander.” Cold War Cultures: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Austin, TX. September-October 2010.

2010

“The Politics of Literary Form in the Short Stories of Paul Goodman.” The Border as Fiction: 11th International Conference on the Short Story in English. Toronto, ON. June 2010.

2010

“Prussianizing the United States: The Deportation of Emma Goldman and the Origins of the Modern Security State.” Canadian Association for American Studies Annual Conference. London, ON. November 2009.

2009

“‘Everyday Torture,’ the Politics of Incarceration, and the Future of American Empire: Revisiting the Work of Angela Davis.” Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences/Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Conference. Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. May 2009.

2009

“‘MY MOTHER is a fish’: Miscegenation, Hybridity, and Aquatic Sexuality in American Literature.” Spanish Association of American Studies 9th International Conference. Barcelona, Spain. April 2009.

2009

“American Public Intellectuals and Mass Culture during the Cold War.” Conference on The Individual and the Mass. Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. May-June 2008.

2008

“Atlanta Gothic: Writing the Atlanta Child Murders.” Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference. Kingston, Jamaica. July 2008.

2008

“Transnational Trajectories: Mary Antin and Randolph Bourne.” Annual Conference of the American Literature Association. San Francisco, CA. May 2008.

2008

“Melville’s Cold War: Re-reading C. L. R. James’ Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways.” Hearts of Darkness: Melville and Conrad in the Space of World Culture. Melville Society’s Sixth Annual International Conference. Szczecin, Poland. August 2007.

2007

“‘The Time for Tolerance Is Over’: The Production of Cold War Consensus and the Eclipse of American Radical Culture.” The First North American Conference on Radicalism. East Lansing, MI. January 2007.

2007

“Damned If You Don’t: Exceptionalism, Inquisitorial Power, and the Staging of Dissent in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Today.” Canadian Association of American Studies Annual Conference. Kingston, ON. October 2006.

2006


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/EN6683 3.0 A 20th Century American Public Intellect. SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/EN2178 3.0 A The English Detective Novel SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/EN3350 3.0 M Harlem Renaissance SEMR