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Martin Griffin

Martin Griffin

Associate Professor


My work is in the field of American literature and culture, with a focus on the relationship of the literary arts to political ideas and action, both historical and contemporary. My book Ashes of the Mind (2009) explores the role of memory and memorialization for Northern writers in the decades after the Civil War. Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy (2013; co-authored with Constance DeVereaux), examines the connections between narrative form and policy discourse in a world of multiple intersecting identities. In collaboration with the author Christopher Hebert, I am currently editing an essay collection entitled American Political Fictions. My latest book project is a study of the origins and modern history of espionage fiction.

My regular teaching includes English 435, American Fiction to 1900, English 433, American Realism and Naturalism, and English 376, Colloquium in Literature. I have also taught courses on Mark Twain, Introduction to American Studies, The Spy Novel in the Modern Era, and American Literature and World War I. Since 2008 I have been participating in AfterWars, an interdisciplinary faculty research group centered on the implications of conflict for post-war societies and cultures


Ph.D.  University of California, Los Angeles
MA  University College Dublin
BA  University College Dublin



Representative articles

  • “Narrative, Culture, and Diplomacy.”  The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society38:4 (Winter 2009), 258-69.
  • “Underneath a Sky of Blue” (Review essay).  Soundings 91:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2008), 189-99.
  • “Emerson’s Crossing:  English Traits and the Politics of ‘Politics’,” Modern Intellectual History5:2 (August 2008), 251-78).
  • “The Moonlit Road.”  A Literary Brief.  The Ambrose Bierce Journal 2.1 (Fall 2006).
  • “The Road from Memorial Hall:  Future Imperfect in The Bostonians.”  Prospects:  An Annual of American Cultural Studies 29 (2004), 251-88.
  • “The New South”; “World War I.”  In American History through Literature, 1870-1920.  Edited by Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst.  Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005:  770-3; 1218-24.
Martin Griffin

Contact Information

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  • Phone: (865) 974-7166
  • Fax: (865) 974-6926
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