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Kenneth Dauber

Office: 633 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0717
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nineteenth-century American literature, Theory (especially in the “Ordinary Language” tradition)

Works in Progress

  • An Archaeology of Sentiment: Sympathy, Skepticism, and Community in Three Novels of the American Mid-Nineteenth Century (monograph)

Selected Publications


  • Ordinary Language Criticism: Literary Thinking after Cavell after Wittgenstein. Ed., with Walter Jost. Northwestern University Press, 2003.
  • The Idea of Authorship in America: Democratic Poetics from Franklin to Melville. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990, xx + 260pp.
  • Rediscovering Hawthorne. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977, xi + 235pp.


  • "Beginning at the Beginning in Genesis." In Ordinary Language Criticism, ed. Kenneth Dauber and Walter Jost (Northwestern University Press, 2003).
  • "'Realistically Speaking': Authorship in the Late Nineteenth Century and Beyond." American Literary History, 11 (1999), 378-90.
  • "Ordinary Language Criticism: A Manifesto." Arizona Quarterly, 53 (1997), 123-39.
  • "On Not Being Able to Read Emerson, or 'Representative Man.'" boundary 2, 21 (1994), 220-42.