David Alworth

Associate Professor of the Humanities

Harvard University

As John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities,  Alworth teaches in the Department of English and in the Program in History & Literature at Harvard, where he also serves on the Committee on Degrees in American Studies. In addition, he co-sponsors the American Literature Colloquium and is co-chair of "Novel Theory Across the Disciplines," a seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center. 

His scholarship and teaching focuses on modern and contemporary American literature, visual media, and theories and methods of interpretation. Recent essays of mine appear in New Literary History, Post45, American Literary History, Contemporary Literature, The Henry James Review, Public Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books

Alworth's first book, Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form, 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. The book is available from Princeton University Press.