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Ralph Clare

Associate Professor

ralphclare@boisestate.edu

(208) 426-4264 | LA-209I

Ralph Clare teaches twentieth and twenty-first century American literature at Boise State, and specializes in the post-45 period.  He is the author of Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Rutgers UP, 2014) and the editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace (Cambridge UP, 2018).  His latest book project, Metaffective Fiction: Structuring Feeling in Contemporary American Literature, explores the role of emotion and affect in post-postmodern fiction and the neoliberal era in works by David Foster Wallace, Salvador Plascencia, Sheila Heti, Claudia Rankine, and Ben Lerner, among others.  He has published, or has essays forthcoming, on postmodernism, film, post-postmodernism, David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

Education

  • Ph.D., English Literature, Stony Brook University (SUNY, Stony Brook)
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), California State University, Long Beach
  • M.A., English Literature, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., English Literature, San Diego State University

Interests

20th and 21st C. American Literature and Culture, Post-45, Film, Marxism and Post-Marxism, Economic approaches to literature, the New Materialisms

Recent Publications

Books

  • The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace (Cambridge UP, 2018)
  • Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Rutgers University, 2014). 

Articles and Book Chapters: 

  • “Credit Where Debit is Due: Finance and Consumer Credit in Popular Culture” in CulturalStudies in the Digital Age, eds. Bill Nericcio and Antonio Rafel (SDSU Press/CODE[X], forthcoming 2021).
  • “Colson Whitehead.” (3300 word essay).  Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction, 1980-2020, eds. Patrick O’Donnell and Stephen J. Burn.  Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming, 2020).
  • “Becoming Autotheory.” Arizona Quarterly 76.1 (Spring 2020): 85-107. Special Issue on “Autotheory.” ed. Robyn Wiegman.
  • “Metaffective Fiction: Structuring Feeling in Post-Postmodern American Fiction.” TextualPractice (2019): 1-17. Special issue on “American Fiction After Postmodernism.”
  • “How We Think of Our Lives: Boredom in Contemporary Literature” (2200 word essay)for the Institute of Art and Ideas (Feb 2019, online).
  • “Pynchon and Film in the Post-Celluloid Era” in The New Pynchon Studies, ed. Joanna Freer(Cambridge University Press, 2019): 247-266.
  • “Why Kathy Acker Now?” (2800 word essay) in Los Angeles Review of Books (May 2018 online).

Courses

  • Engl 278  Survey of American Literature II,1865-Present
  • Engl 275  Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Engl 383  Post-Racial Fictions
  • Engl 387  20th Century American Fiction
  • Engl 383  Corporations and Consumerism in Contemporary American Fiction and Film
  • Engl 392  Literature and Film
  • Engl 424  Sincerity and Authenticity in Contemporary American Fiction, Film, and Pop Culture
  • Engl 424  Postmodern American Fiction
  • Engl 530: Periodizing Contemporary American Literature and the Present 
  • Engl 550  Sincerity, Affect, and Authenticity in the Neoliberal Age
  • Engl 588  Introduction to Critical Theory