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John Duvall

John Duvall

Margaret Church Distinguished Professor of English // English

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // Film and Video Production // Rueff School

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American Literature

Research Areas:
20th Century American Fiction; Modernism and Postmodernism; William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Don DeLillo

In the last few years, John Duvall has studied issues relating to modernist print culture. This focus led to his scholarly edition of William Faulkner’s 1949 collection of detective fiction, Knight’s Gambit (2022), that restores to the six stories more than 4,000 works cut by magazine editors.  Duvall continues to work on matters of racial and sexual identity in 20th- and 21st-century American fiction. He is the author of Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction (2008), Don DeLillo’s UNDERWORLD (2002), The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison: Modernist Authenticity and Postmodern Blackness (2000), and Faulkner's Marginal Couple: Invisible, Outlaw, and Unspeakable Communities (1990).

Professor Duvall also has edited seven essay collections:  Narrating 9/11: Fantasies of State, Security, and Terrorism (2015, with Robert P. Marzec), The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1945 (2012), Faulkner and His Critics (2010), The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo (2008), Approaches to Teaching DeLillo’s WHITE NOISE (2006, with Tim Engles), Productive Postmodernism: Consuming Histories and Cultural Studies (2002), and Faulkner and Postmodernism (2002, with Ann J. Abadie).

Professor Duvall’s recent graduate courses include Contemporary American Fiction (ENGL 595) and Faulkner and Middlebrow Print Culture (ENGL 678)