Angus Fletcher

Professor of English and Film

Pronouns
He/him/his

Angus Fletcher studies literature’s usefulness, treating it as a practical tool for alleviating poverty, hunger, heartbreak and other physical concerns by employing a range of empirical methods, from ancient rhetoric to modern science. He emphasizes neural diversity, cultural difference, evolutionary variety, narrative flexibility, the infiniteness of stories, behavioral adaptability, practical problem-solving, personal growth, democratic pluralism and the biological benefits of curiosity, inclusion, and tolerance. Fletcher has published recently on Aristophanes and Austen, Darwin and Douglass, Machiavelli and Milton, Sappho and Shakespeare. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Previously at USC, Stanford, and Teach for America.

Selected Publications

Areas of Expertise
  • Practical ethics
  • Cognitive approaches to literature
  • Rhetorical analysis
  • Story engineering
  • American TV and film
  • Renaissance drama
  • Greek and Roman literature
  • Screenwriting
Education
  • PhD, Yale, 2003

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