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Alex Benson

Assistant Professor of Literature. Alex Benson received both his BA (in Rhetoric) and his PhD (in English) from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in American literatures, with a focus on the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, and on questions of language, race, media, disability, and environment. He has published articles and book reviews in the journals Criticism, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, American Literary History Online Review, and – in a recent article on the poet Claude McKay — Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. He often teaches special-topics courses on literature and ethnography, literature and the environment, Native American literature, and Herman Melville. Prof. Benson’s recent cross-listed courses in Experimental Humanities include “Sound in American Literature” and “Introduction to American Studies.” He is a member of the EH Sound Cluster, a multidisciplinary group of Bard faculty with interests in a diverse set of issues (theoretical, social, aesthetic, pedagogical) that fall under the umbrella of “sound.”