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Brian McHale

Brian  McHale

Brian McHale

Emeritus, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor


562 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Twentieth-century British and American literature
  • Critical theory
  • Narrative


  • DPhil, Oxford Universiy, 1979
  • AB, Brown University, 1974

Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, Brian McHale earned his AB from Brown University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught at Tel Aviv University, West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Freiburg (Germany), the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Sichuan University, among other institutions.

He was for many years associate editor, and later co-editor, of the journal Poetics Today. A co-founder of Ohio State’s Project Narrative, which he directed in 2012-14, he is also a founding member and former president of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP). He is the author of Postmodernist Fiction (1987), Constructing Postmodernism (1992), and The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole (2004), as well as articles on free indirect discourse, mise en abyme, narrativity, modernist and postmodernist poetics, narrative poetry and science fiction, which have appeared in journals such as Diacritics, Genre, Modern Language Quarterly, Narrative, New Literary History, Poetics Today, Style and Twentieth-Century Literature.

He co-edited, with Randall Stevenson, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English (2006); with David Herman and James Phelan, Teaching Narrative Theory (2010); with Luc Herman and Inger Dalsgaard, The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon (2012); and with Joe Bray and Alison Gibbon, The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature (2012). In 2015 and 16, McHale published a monograph, The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodernism and, co-edited with Len Platt, The Cambridge History of Postmodern Literature.

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