boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture
Professor of English, University of Virginia
"The Truman Show: Cold Wars of the Mind in the Neoliberal Present"
4:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2007
501 Cathedral of Learning
Eric Lott received his Ph.D. from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 1991. His first book, Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Oxford, 1993), won three major awards in 1994: Best First Book Prize, Modern Language Association; the Avery O. Craven Award for Best Book on the Period of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Organization of American Historians; and the Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights. He has also won the : Constance Rourke Prize for Best American Quarterly Article, given by the American Studies Association (1992).
In 2006, he published The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual (Basic Books) and he is completing a new manuscript, Tangled Up in Blue: The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism. In recent years, he has published more than twenty-five major articles on race, whiteness, liberalism, popular music, and American literature. His journalism appears in such places as The Nation, The Village Voice, and the Times Literary Supplement.