Rabb Graduate Center, 136
DegreesNew York University, Ph.D.
New York University, M.A.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
ExpertiseModernism, Contemporary British, Narrative Theory, Continental Philosophy, Elegy, Trauma and Witnessing
ProfileDavid Sherman's literary scholarship investigates modernism as a body of thought about mortality, temporality, obligation, witnessing, collective memory, and the nature of the sacred in a secular age. His book In a Strange Room: Modernism's Corpses and Mortal Obligation, addresses literary responses to changing mortuary practices around the turn of the twentieth century. He is currently writing a book modernism's engagement with secularization, Modernism and the Tangle of the Secular.
|COML||117a||Magical Realism and Modern Myth|
|ENG||1a||Introduction to Literary Studies|
|ENG||17b||Poetry and Social Crisis: Twentieth-Century British Poetry|
|ENG||40bj||The Birth of the Short Story|
|ENG||58a||Literature and Medicine|
|ENG||78b||Modernism, Atheism, God|
|ENG||88b||Contemporary British Literature|
|ENG||107b||Literary Witnessing and the Poetics of Memory|
|ENG||131a||Comedy: Literature, Film, and Theory|
|ENG||171a||The History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to Postmodernism|
|ENG||200a||Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies|
|ENG||238b||Against Forgetting: Literature between History and Memory|
|ENG||257b||Modernism's Broken World|
Awards and Honors
James T. Arthur Dissertation Fellowship for the Study of Time, New York University (2002)
Lind American Literature Fellowship, New York University (2001)
Molberger Fellowship, New York University (2001)
Sherman, David R. "'The Being that Thinks in Us': Woolf and the Aesthetics of Self-Alarm." Le Tour Critique 2. (2014): 369-377.
Sherman, David R. In a Strange Room: Modernism's Corpses and Mortal Obligation. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Sherman, David R. "Derek Walcott's 'A Far Cry from Africa' and 'Midsummer'." The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry, 1900 to the Present. 2009.
Sherman, David R.. ""Is Narrative Fundamental?" Beckett's Levinasian Question in Malone Dies." Journal of Modern Literature 32. 4 (2009).
Sherman, David R. "Elegy under the Knife: Geoffrey Hill and the Ethics of Sacrifice." Twentieth-Century Literature 54.2. (2008).
Sherman, David R. "A Plot Unraveling into Ethics: Woolf, Levinas, and 'Time Passes.'." Woolf Studies Annual 13. (2007).
Sherman, David R. "Burial Plots, Inoperative Community, and Faulkner's As I lay Dying." Theory@Buffalo 11. (2007).
Sherman, David R. "Review: Memory in Literature: From Rousseau to Neuroscience, by Suzanne Nalbantian." Woolf Studies Annual vol. 12
Sherman, David R. and Fritz, Holly. "The Academic Job Crisis and the Small Schools Movement." MLA Profession (2001).