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Daniel Worden

Associate Professor
2210 Eastman Hall
(585) 475-5226
Ph.D., English and American Literature, Brandeis University, 2006
M.A., English and American Literature, Brandeis University, 2002
B.A., English and Philosophy, Texas Christian University, 2000



Research Areas:

American Art, Culture, and Literature


Media Studies

Environmental Humanities

Modernism, Postmodernism, and Contemporaneity

Documentary and Nonfiction

Gender, Masculinity, and Sexuality Studies

Cultures of Globalization and Neoliberalism

Digital Humanities

Critical Theory


Courses Taught:

American Lives, American Values (CMDS 244)

Art Comics (ARTH 550 / CMDS 542)

Comics: Image & Text in Popular Culture (CMDS 242)

Computation and Culture (DHSS 101)

Digital Literature (ENGL 315)

Industrial Origins of the Digital Age (DHSS 102)

Making Comics (CMDS 105)

Postmodernism and After (ARTH 550)

Selected Publications:




Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Paperback Edition, 2013. Winner of the Western Literature Association’s Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies, 2012.


Edited Volumes:


Postmodern, Postwar, and After, with Jason Gladstone and Andrew Hoberek. University of Iowa Press, 2016.


The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015. Paperback edition, 2017.


Oil Culture, edited with Ross Barrett. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.



Recent Articles and Book Chapters:


“Oil and Corporate Personhood: Ida Tarbell's The History of the Standard Oil Company and John D. Rockefeller.” In Materialism and the Critique of Energy, edited by Brent Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti. Chicago/Alberta: MCM Prime, 2018. 315-329.


“Memoir.” In American Literature in Transition, 2000-2010, edited by Rachel Greenwald Smith. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 125-37.


“Speculative Ecology: Rachel Carson’s Environmentalist Documentaries.” In Remaking Reality: U.S. Documentary Culture after 1945, edited by Sara Blair, Joseph B. Entin, and Franny Nudelman. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. 83-98.


“The Memoir in the Age of Neoliberal Individualism.” In Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture, edited by Mitchum Huehls and Rachel Greenwald Smith. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. 160-77.


“Texas.” In Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment, edited by Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, and Patricia Yaeger. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017. 349-52.


“On Joan Didion: An Introduction,” with Alex Trimble Young. A/B: Auto/Biography Studies 31.3 (2016): 581-86.


“‘Amnesiac Fugue’: Joan Didion’s Journalism and Neoliberal America.” A/B: Auto/Biography Studies 31.3 (2016): 604-09.


“Settlement, Promise, and Catastrophe.” In The Cambridge Companion to Western American Literature, edited by Steven Frye. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 32-45.


“Neoliberal Style: Alex Haley, Hunter S. Thompson, and Countercultures.” American Literature 87.4 (December 2015): 799-823.


“The Popular Western.” In The Cambridge History of Western American Literature, edited by Susan Kollin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 111-127.


Recent Reviews:


“Social Justice Comics Today: An Interview with the Creators of The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet.” Los Angeles Review of Books (25 August 2018).


Review of Richard W. Etulain, Ernest Haycox and the Western. Western American Literature 23.2 (Summer 2018): 261-263.


Review of Susan Kollin, Captivating Westerns: The Middle East and the American West. American Literary History Online Review, Series XIII (November 2017).


“Hillbilly Jesus, Take Me Home: Gary Panter’s Songy of Paradise.” Los Angeles Review of Books (16 September 2017).


Review of Debates in Digital Humanities 2016. Afterimage 44.5 (2017). 31-32.


“The Short Story in the Age of Tumblr: On Nick Francis Potter’s New Animals.” Los Angeles Review of Books (12 January 2017).


“Toys Off the Shelf: Marvel’s ‘Star Wars’ Comics.” Los Angeles Review of Books (6 January 2016).