Phillip Brian Harper
Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature, Emeritus
- 1988 Ph.D. in English, Cornell
- 1986 M.A. in Creative Writing, Cornell
- 1985 M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Cornell
- 1981 B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature, Michigan.
Modern Language Association; American Studies Association; Modernist Studies Association; Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Phil Harper is a literary scholar and cultural critic concerned primarily with
Harper’s most recent book, Abstractionist Aesthetics (NYU Press, 2015), considers the social-critical potential of abstractionism—as contrasted with realism—in African-American expressive culture. Harper is currently investigating the function of “the contemporary” within US literary culture, and he will next be conducting ethnographic work among present-day non-professional readers of literature to determine what interpretive practices they deploy in their engagements with fictional texts.