AboutI am Assistant Professor of English at the American University in Dubai, where I teach courses in Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, and the Humanities.
My research interests are in contemporary literature, especially Cold War American fiction and its relationship to the culture of dissent that developed during the long Sixties. I am particularly interested in how key postmodern writers worked within a context of mass cultural discursive practices to develop overtly political and moral interventions on behalf of increased civil liberties and social justice. My work shows how writers such as William S. Burroughs, Ishmael Reed, and Kathy Acker, among many others, deployed a mode of aggressive satire to unsettle conventional notions of literary propriety and to expand in readers’ minds new ways of imagining radical social change in an age of civil rights abuses, routine censorship, mass surveillance, and perpetual war. Because my work focuses on points of intersection between literature and other related cultural expressions, including alternative journalism, street theater, popular music, and the visual arts, I draw on the methodologies of both contemporary Literary Criticism and Interdisciplinary American Studies. And because I am interested in language’s ability to create change during times of dynamic socio-political uncertainty, I also situate my work within current theories of rhetoric, most importantly Speech Act Theory and Performance Studies. I am currently revising a book manuscript that deals with these foci: Total Assault on the Culture! Cold War American Satire and the Rhetoric of Liberation.
To learn more about my work, visit my personal website: micahrobbins.com
EducationPh.D., English, Southern Methodist University, 2013
M.A., Literature, Texas State University, 2007
B.A., Literature Stockton University, 2004
MembershipsAssociation for the Study of Literature and the Environment
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing