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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 216, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5171
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John Lurz
Associate Professor
Director of First-Year Writing Program


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Princeton University

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century British Fiction, especially James Joyce and Virginia Woolf
  • Literary Theory: semiotics, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, phenomenology
  • Media studies and the history of the book
  • Roland Barthes
  • Proust

Selected Publications

  • "The Sorceress' Apprentice: Roland Barthes and the Criticism of Magic," forthcoming in New Literary History 51 (2021).
  • "Medium Thickness: Phenomenology, Plasticity, and the Futures of Form," Criticism 61.2 (Spring 2019): 147-166.
  • The Death of the Book: Modernist Novels and the Time of Reading, Fordham University Press, Spring 2016.
  • "Literal Darkness: Finnegans Wake and the Limits of Print,
    "The James Joyce Quarterly 49.3 (Autumn 2013): 675-791.
  • "The Memory of the Book: The Particular Bodies of Daniel Deronda,"
    NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.3 (Autumn 2013): 438-452.
  • "Sleeping with Proust: Affect, Sensation and the Books of the Recherche,"
    New Literary History 42.1 (Winter 2011): 129-146.
  • "Mediation and the Object of the Book: A Critical Response to Garrett Stewart,"
    Critical Inquiry 37.2 (Winter 2011): 348-54.