Department of English


Kenneth Dauber
Office: 633 Clemens Hall
Office Hours:
Phone: 645-2575, ext. 1022


Ph.D. Princeton 1972
M.A. Princeton 1968
B.A. Columbia 1966

Academic Experience:

Chair, Department of English, SUNY Buffalo 1995-1998
Professor of English, SUNY Buffalo 1990 –
Associate Professor of English, SUNY Buffalo 1976-1990
Visiting Professor of English, Hebrew University, 1979-80, 1981-84
Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Buffalo 1970-76

Special Fields:
American Literature, Theory




Ordinary Language Criticism: Literary Thinking after Cavell after Wittgenstein, ed. Northwestern University Press. 2003

The Idea of Authorship in America: Democratic Poetics from Franklin to Melville. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990, xx + 260pp.

Rediscovering Hawthorne. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977, xi + 235pp.


"Realistically Speaking.: Review-essay on American literary realism. American Literary History (forthcoming, Spring 1999).

"Ordinary Language Criticism: A Manifesto." Arizona Quarterly, 53 (1997), 123-139.

"On Not Being Able to Read Emerson, or ‘Representative Man.’" Boundary 2, 21 (1994), 20-42.

"Cooper’s Myth." Studies in American Civilization, in Scripta Hierosolymitana, v. 32. Jerusalem: Magnes Press (Hebrew University), 1987, pp. 192-221.

"Benjamin Franklin and the Idea of Authorship." Criticism, 28 (1985), 255-86.

"The Bible as Literature: Reading like the Rabbis." Semeia, 31 (1985), 27-48.

"Hawthorne and the Authority of Intimacy." The Thoreau Quarterly, 16 (1984), 41-67.

"American Culture as Genre." Criticism, 22 (1980), 101-15. Excerpted and reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, v. 5, ed. Laurie Lanzen Harris and Sheila F. Fitzgerald. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1984, pp. 322-23.

"The Revisionary Company." Sewanee Review, 88 (1980, 184-97.

"The Problem of Poe," Georgia Review, 32 (1978), 45-57. Excerpted and reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, v.3, ed. Laurie Lanzen Harris. Detroit: Gale Research Col, 1981, pp. 528-30.

"Criticism of American Literature." Review-essay, Diacritics, 7 (1977), 55-66.


William G. Rowland, Jr. Literature and the Marketplace: Romantic Writers and Their Audiences in great Britain and the United States. American Literature (March 1998), 186-87

Clark Davis, After the Whale: Melville in the Wake of "Moby-Dick" and John Wenke, Melville’s Muse: Literary Creation and the Forms of Philosophical Fiction. South Atlantic Review, xx (19xx), 127-130

Richard Teichgraeber III. Sublime Thoughts/Penny Wisdom: Situating Emerson and Thoreau in the America Market. American Literature, 68 (1996), 641-42

Shawn Rosenheim and Stephen Rachman. "French Poe Returns Homes. Review of The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe Studies, 29 (1996), 27-30

David M. Robinson. Emerson and the Conduct of Life: Pragmatism and Ethical Purpose in the Later Work. American Literature (1995)

John Dolis. The Style of Hawthorne’s Gaze: Regarding Subjectivity. In The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, 20 (1994), 24-26

Mary Kupiec Cayton. Emerson’s Emergence: Self and Society in the Transformation of New England, 1800-1845. In American Literature March 1991), 126-27

John Carlos Rowe. Through the Custom-House: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Modern theory. In Nineteenth-Century Fiction , 38 (1983), 243-47

Work in Progress:

The Genealogy of Sentiment. On the origin of American literary consciousness in the confluence of skepticism and eighteenth-century common-sense philosophy.