Dimuro, Joseph A.

Continuing Lecturer

Kaplan 238
Tel: 310.825.4173/ Fax: 310.267.4339/ E-mail


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 2000


Joseph Dimuro began his career teaching literature and writing courses in the English departments of the University of Chicago (as a graduate intern), the University of Pennsylvania (as a lecturer, 1996-2001) and Haverford College (as visiting lecturer, 1999-2000) before moving to California to join the faculty of the UCLA English department in 2001. For ten years he directed the English department honors program in addition to developing a dozen new courses to add to the curriculum. He currently serves as the Faculty Undergraduate Advisor for the department, as well as the faculty mentor of the Sigma Tau Delta honors society. He teaches a wide variety of upper-level courses including the American novel, the Victorian novel, material culture, survey of nineteenth-century American literature, theory of the novel, theory of culture, and the American novelist Henry James.

His research interests range from the post-bellum period of nineteenth-century American prose fiction to contemporary theories of the international novel and the field of narratology. He has written or lectured about the Chicago realist Henry Blake Fuller, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the short fiction of Henry James, the psychological work of William James, American literature and architecture, the history and meaning of the original Ferris Wheel, the theory of textual editing, and questions of sex and gender in literature. Professor Dimuro’s most recent scholarly work focuses on a book project having to do with ideas of spatial perception in the making of national identities at the turn of the twentieth century in United States literature and culture; and another book on the interpenetration of the money economy and the libidinal economy in the work of Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Henry James, and other American writers of the early twentieth century; and an investigation of the cultural and institutional origins of American literary study in the United States.

Professor Dimuro is the recipient of a 2013 Baird Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries of Washington, DC, and has held a Newberry Library/Center for Great Lakes Culture Fellowship in 2003-2004. He has been awarded several UCLA Non-Senate Professional Development Awards. His recent publications include:

Henry James and Psychological Realism (Gale Researcher 2018).

“Canonesis” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Volume 4, Spring 2016, pp. 170-174.

Review of Henry James: An Alien’s “History” of America, by Martha Banta, American Literary History Online Reviews, Series XIV (February 22, 2018).

“The ‘Salient Angle’: Revising the Queer Case of Henry Blake Fuller’s Bertram Cope’s Year,”Textual Cultures 2:1 (Spring 2007): 136-154.

Editor, The Cliff Dwellers: A Novel by Henry Blake Fuller ([1893] Peterborough, Ontario, Canada: Broadview Literary Texts), 2010.

Editor, Bertram Cope’s Year by Henry Blake Fuller ([1919] Peterborough, Ontario, Canada: Broadview Literary Texts), 2010.

Conference Papers / Invited Talks

“Lay of the Land: Edith Wharton’s Unmapping of New York,” Edith Wharton’s New York, Modern Language Association Convention, New York, January 4, 2018.

“Perverse Economies: Willa Cather’s Case,” Queer Capital: Transgressive Economies of Value in American Fiction (panel chair/organizer), Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, January 9, 2015.

“Et in Arcadia Ego: Money, Failure, and the Vicissitudes of Cultural Capital in Henry James’s ‘Brooksmith’ and The Spoils of Poynton,” Henry James Society Panel, Modern Language Association Convention, Seattle, Washington, January 2012

Temporal Deferrals and Arrivals (panel chair), C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Convention, Berkeley, California, April 15, 2012

Orienting Sexuality (moderator), Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1, 2012.

Imperial Fantasy after Reconstruction (panel chair and respondent), C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Convention, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, May 22, 2010.

“‘Anything Can Happen’: Reading The Great Gatsby in the Age of Terror,” NEA/West Hollywood Big Read, West Hollywood, California, March 2010. Invited lecture.

“The ‘Salient Angle’: Revising the Queer Case of Bertram Cope’s Year,” Committee on Scholarly Editions panel, Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, DC, December 2005.

“In the ‘Blue Air of Possibility’: Ferris’s Wheel and the Sensation of Americanness, Circa 1893,” Southern California Americanist Group, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, May 2002.

“‘The Feeling of Crude Extensity’: The Sensational Roots of William James’s Racism,” William James and United States Imperialism: New Perspectives (special session organizer and panel member), Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois, December 1999.

“Building Pressure: Literary Skyscrapers and the Closing of American Space,” Architecture and American Literature: New Perspectives (special session organized by William A. Gleason), Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, California, December 1998.

“Turning the Nationalist Body: The Ferris Wheel and the Cultural Politics of Dislocation, Circa 1893,” “A New National Environment”: Physical and Cultural Practices of Late Nineteenth-Century American Nationalism (special session chaired by Eric J. Sundquist), American Studies Association Convention, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 1995.

Interest Areas
• American Literature & Culture