UC Irvine

Alexander Gelley
Alexander Gelley

UCI Faculty Profile

Professor, Comparative Literature
School of Humanities

PH.D., Yale University, 1965

B.A. Harvard

Phone: (949) 824-7230
Fax: (949) 824-1992
Email: agelley@uci.edu


University of California, Irvine
420 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 2651
Irvine, CA 92697


Eighteenth-Century English and Comparative Literature; Nineteenth-Century English and Comparative Literature; Romanticism; Contemporary Theory; Literature and Philosophy; German-Jewish Literature and Culture
Old Dominion Fellow, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University, fall, 1999-2000; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1993-94; Fulbright Lectureship, The Hebrew University, Israel, 1988-89; Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Germany, 1975-76

Director of a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar for college and university teachers scheduled for summer, 2011, on "Walter Benjamin's Later Writings: The Arcades Project, Commodity Culture, Historiography."
a) The modern novel and theories of narrative (German, French, English, American);

b) Rhetoric and ideology in literary language;

c) The history of literary theory from Romanticism to the present, with special attention to the Frankfurt School in the earlier 20th century;

d) Jewish-German culture and literature;

e) Walter Benjamin: aesthetics, literary theory, and urban culture.
Narrative Crossings: Theory and Pragmatics of Prose Fiction. Johns Hopkins UP, 1987
ed., Unruly Examples: On the Rhetoric of Exemplarity. Stanford UP, 1995
"City Texts: Representation, Semiology, Urbanism." Politics, Theory and Contemporary Culture. Ed., Mark Poster, Columbia UP, 1993

"Melville's Talking-Man: Rhetoric in The Confidence Man." Rereading Texts/Rethinking Critical Presuppositions. Ed. S. Rimmon-Kenan, et al. Frankf/M., 1996

"Exemplarity." The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 4 vols, ed. Michael Kelly. Oxford UP, 1998, v. 4.

"On the Myth of the German-Jewish Dialogue: Scholem and Benjamin." JOUVERT: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies. (http://social.chass.ncsu.edu/jouvert), v.3, 1-2 (1999). Special Issue, "Religion Between Culture and Philosophy."

"Contexts of the Aesthetic in Walter Benjamin." MLN. 114.5 (Dec., 1999)

"Idle Talk: Scarcity and Excess of Language in Narrative," in Talk, Talk, Talk: The Cultural Life of Everyday Conversation, ed. Shelley Salamensky, Routledge, 2001.

"On the Line," in Provocations to Reading: J. Hillis Miller and the Democracy to Come, eds. Barbara Cohen and Dragan Kujunzic, Fordham University Press, 2005

"Language of Order(s): Jenny Holzer in the Public Sphere," in Accelerating Possession: Global Futures of Property and Personhood, eds. Gabriele Schwab and William Maurer, Columbia Univ. Press, 2006

"Epigones in the House of Language: Benjamin on Kraus,"
Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas - Volume 5, Number 1, January 2007, pp. 17-32
Research Center
Critical Theory Institute (an ORU at UCI)