David Alworth

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities

Harvard University


David J. Alworth is Assistant Professor of English and of History and Literature at Harvard University. His scholarship and teaching focus on modern and contemporary American literature, the history and theory of the novel, visual media, and methods of interpretation. Recent essays appear in New Literary History, Post45, American Literary History, Contemporary Literature, The Henry James Review, Public Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books

His first book, Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form (Princeton UP 2016), examines six sites––supermarkets, dumps, roads, ruins, asylums, and bomb shelters––that were crucial to post-WWII American literature and visual art. Site Reading received the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction from the Media Ecology Association.