Amy Hungerford’s research and teaching focuses on American literature, especially the period since 1945. She studies how literature helps form the cultural imagination around subjects such as genocide, religion, social networking, and the status of the book in the internet age. In various editorial roles (for Yale Studies in English, the new Post•45 series at Stanford University Press, and Contemporary Literature), and as a founder of Post•45 (a professional association for scholars working in post-45 literary and cultural studies) she helps bring the work of other scholars to larger audiences. She has reached out beyond the academy with recent work on American Public Media’s radio digest “Weekend America,” ongoing blog posts for The Huffington Post, a free online course, “The American Novel Since 1945” (available on Open Yale Courses and Academic Universe), and book reviewing for The Yale Review and DoubleX.com. Books in progress: The Cambridge Introduction to the American Novel Since 1945 and This Is McSweeney’s, a book about the social justice and literary projects of Dave Eggers and his McSweeney’s publishing house.
—Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton University Press, 2011)
—The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003)
—“Don DeLillo’s Latin Mass,” Contemporary Literature 47.3 (Fall, 2006)
—“Postmodern Supernaturalism: Ginsberg and the Search for a Supernatural Language,” in “Contercultural Capital,” edited by Sean McCann and Michael Szalay, a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism 18.2 (Fall, 2005): 269-98
—“Memorizing Memory,” in the “Interpretation and the Holocaust,” a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism 14.1 (Spring, 2001): 67-92