Michael Saler

Professor of History

University of California at Davis

Michael Saler is Professor of History at the University of California at Davis, where he teaches courses on modern European intellectual history and modern British history. He has a B.A. from Brandeis and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He is the author of As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality (2012) and The Avant-Garde in Interwar England: ‘Medieval Modernism’ and the London Underground (1999). He has also co-edited, with Joshua Landy, The Re-Enchantment of the World (2009). Among his numerous articles on enchantment are “Comic Turns” in The Times Literary Supplement (2008), “Modernity and Enchantment: A Historiographic Review” in American Historical Review (2006), “Modernity, Disenchantment, and the Ironic Imagination” in Philosophy and Literature (2004). He is currently working on a history of ‘non-Aristotelianism’ in modern European and American thought. He is also editing a collection of essays on cultural trends from 1880 to 1914, The Fin-de-siècle World (2014).