John Farrell, Ph.D.

Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Literature



Areas of Expertise

American Literature
English Literature/English Novel
Philosophy and Literature


A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

Awards and Affiliations

NEH Fellowship, 2003-04

Research and Publications

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.

Tues-Thurs 2:45-4 and by appt