Susan Hegeman


Susan Hegeman (AB, Harvard 1986; PhD in Literature, Duke 1992) teaches courses in American literature, cultural studies, American Indian literature, popular culture, and critical theory. Her research addresses the intersections of American literature and the social sciences, especially anthropology. She has written two books on the concept of “culture” in the U.S.: Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture (Princeton, 1999) and The Cultural Return (California, 2012). The first examines the joint modernist project of anthropologists and literary critics at the turn of the century to define and deploy the idea of “culture”; and the second traces the history of the “cultural turn” of the 1980s and 1990s to offer an account of culture’s ascendancy as a central interdisciplinary concept, its more recent failing fortunes, and argues for “culture’s” continued importance to our understanding of present society. Prof. Hegeman has also published work in American Indian studies, museum studies, literary history and theory. She is an associate editor of the multi-volume Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel (2011). Prof. Hegeman is currently working on a project on indigeneity in a global context, and another on the history of the popular social sciences in mid-twentieth century US.

Prof. Hegeman has taught at the University of Florida since 1995. In 1996, she was the William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and in 2012, she was the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in American Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden.


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