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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Kirby Farrell

Contact Information:
263 Bartlett Hall
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-2970
f: 413-545-3880   



Educated at Clark University, B.A., 1964; Rutgers University, M.A., 1969; Ph.D., 1972.

Professor Farrell's interest in cultural studies has shaped his latest books, Post-Traumatic Culture: Injury and Interpretation in the 90's, and Berserk Style in American Culture.

He is the author of Play Death and Heroism in Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Creation, Women in the Renaissance, and other early modern studies, most recently, The Mysteries of Elizabeth I, with K. Swaim. He has also published several novels. He is an editor of English Literary Renaissance and the European journal Kritikon Litterarum. Currently he is writing about Oscar Wilde and working on new fiction.

Professor Farrell has lectured here and abroad on literature and culture, and for the Ernest Becker Foundation on radical existential criticism, the psychology of violence, and social justice.

His work as a critic has shaped his graduate and undergraduate teaching interests. He has offered creative writing workshops, and teaches courses on Shakespeare as well as an interdisciplinary cycle of late Victorian and modern American fiction courses that explore the impact of modernism.

Areas of Specialization: American Literature, Creative Writing, 18th & 19th Century British Literature, Renaissance Studies, Theory and Cultural Studies, 20th Century and Contemporary Literature, Visual Culture