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Skidmore College
English Department

BoyersRobert Boyers

Professor of english
Editor of Salmagundi and director, new york state summer writers institute

B.A., Queens College
M.A.,  New York University

Office: Palamountain 325
Phone: (518) 580-5156

Courses Taught:

  • EN 211: Fiction
  • EN 217: Film
  • EN 229C: Politics and the Novel
  • EN 311: Recent Fiction
  • EN 313/314: Modernist and Contemporary Poetry
  • EN 337: Continental Novel (19th c. European Fiction)
  • EN 352: Victorian Literature
  • EN 363: Politics and the Novel
  • EN 363: Modernist Imagination
  • SSP 100: Scribner Seminar

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Politics and Literature
  • Education and The Condition of the Culture
  • Contemporary and Modernist Poetry
  • Film
  • History of Ideas
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Founder (1965) and editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Salmagundi
  • Founder (1987) and director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute

Selected Publications:

  • The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, The Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies (Scribners, 2019) The Fate of Ideas : Seductions, Betrayals, Appraisals (Columbia Univ. Press, 2015)
  • Excitable Women, Damaged Men (short stories, 2005)
  • The Dictator's Dictation: The Politics of Novels and Novelists (Columbia Univ. Press, 2005)
  • Atrocity and Amnesia (Oxford UP, 1985)
  • A Book of Common Praise (Ausable, 2002)
  • Frequent essays for Harper's, The New Republic, The Nation, The American Scholar, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other magazines, as well as Best American Essays (2012)
  • Short stories have appeared in Yale Review, Harvard Review, etc.