John Farrell

John Farrell, Ph.D.

Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Literature

Areas of Expertise:
American Literature, English Literature/English Novel, Philosophy and Literature, Psychoanalysis

John Farrell
Roberts South 217

Office Hours

Tues-Thurs 2:45-4 and by appt


Fall 2019: Freshman Writing Seminar: How to Do Things with Words: TR 9:45 in Kravis LC-61

Fall 2019: Lit 100: Literary Theory from Plato to the Present TR 1:15-2:30 in Kravis LC-61

Spring 2020: Freshman Humanities Seminar: What Does It Mean to Be Modern? 9:35-10:50 in Kravis LC-61

Spring 2020: Lit 99: Utopia/Dystopia: The Political Imagination in Literature and Film. 1:15-2:30 in Kravis 321

  • Education
  • Awards and Affiliations
  • Research and Publications
A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
  • NEH Fellowship, 2003-04

  • The Varieties of Authorial Intention: Literary Theory Beyond the Intentional Fallacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

  • Paranoia and Modernity: Cervantes to Rousseau. (Cornell, 2006).

  • Freud’s Paranoid Quest: Psychoanalysis and Modern Suspicion (NYU, 1996).

  • “Auden's Call-to-Arms: ‘Spain’ and Psychoanalysis,” Cambridge Quarterly, vol. 4, no. 3 (Fall 2009), 225-42.

  • “The Birth of the Psychoanalytic Hero: Freud’s Platonic Leonardo,” Philosophy and Literature vol. 31, no. 2 (October, 2007), 233-54.

  • “Freud and Literature,” in The Freud Encyclopedia: Theory, Therapy and Culture, ed. Edward Erwin. New York: Routledge, 2001.

  • “Suspicion Methodized,” in Fredrick Crews, ed., Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend. New York: Viking/Penguin, 1998.

  • “The Romance of the 60’s: Self, Community, and the Ethical in The Crying of Lot 49.” Pynchon Notes 30-31 (Spring-Fall 1992): 139-156.