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Phillip Beard

Phillip Beard



Phillip Beard

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Wednesday, Friday 3:00 - 4:00 pm via Zoom


PhD, University of Maryland

MA, University of Virginia

About Me

Phillip Beard has an MA from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Maryland. He has taught American literature as a Fulbright Scholar at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. Beard won an Auburn Instructor Award in 2008. He specializes in studying hybrid forms of American Romanticism in twentieth-century literature. He teaches world literature in the Vienna Abroad Program. Beard also acts with the Auburn Area Community Theater.

Research Interests

American literature


  • "Getting on Terms with Elusive Reality: Nature's 'Irresistible Dictation' and Grammars of Understanding in Emerson, Santayana, and Cavell," Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society 37, Indiana UP, 2019. 
  • "Santayana's 'The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy,' Derrida, and the Ghosts of Idealism." : Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society 35.35, Indiana UP, 2017.
  • “Not Standing on Ceremony: How to Be an Amateur in the Theater.” Perform: Acting for the Stage. : Eds. Anna Weinstein and Chris Qualls.
    Abingdon: Routledge, 2017.
  • “Hemingway, Stevens, and the Meditative Poetry of ‘Extraordinary Actuality’,” in Teaching Hemingway and Modernism.  ed. Joseph Fruscione.  Kent State UP, 2015.
  • “The Spy, The Shark's Eye, and the ‘True Unreal’ of Lowell's Notebook,” Literary Imagination, 16.2, Oxford UP (2014).
  • “Technical Aristocracy and the Dark Mirror of German Fate in The Quiller Memorandum and Gravity’s Rainbow” or: “The End of the Bugs Bunny, Heroic Line at the Orpheus Theater, Los Angeles, 1973,” in Amerikanische Kulturpolitik in Deutschland nach 1945 ed. Heike Paul and Katharina Gerund. Transcript, 2014. 
  • “Fitzgerald's ‘Absolution’: Revisions of Romanticism and Nostalgia as "Things Go Glimmering,” The Fitzgerald Review 9 (2011): 68-87.
  • "Inconclusible Desire: The Doubling of Delmore Schwartz," Literary Imagination,  11.1, Oxford UP (2009).  

Other Publications

  • "Krenek, Ernst (1900–1991)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016.
  • “Gould, Glenn (1932-1982)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. 
  • “Cooled Cats: The Limited ‘Freude’ of Lowell's ‘To Delmore Schwartz,’” in The Explicator,  62.1 (2003): 47-50.
  • “F. Scott Fitzgerald,” in The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia,  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, (2001).
  • "The Dark of Heaven: G. M. Hopkins' Tragic Sense of Self," in Literature and Belief, (1999): 19:1,2.
  • "'Can't Get There From Here': R.E.M.'s Early Indiscernibility," in CrossRoads, A Journal of Southern Culture, (1998): V: 2.