Arnold Louis Weinstein Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature

Arnold Weinstein received his B.A. in Romance Languages from Princeton University (1962), and both his M.A. (1964) and Ph.D. (1968) in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. He studied at the Université de Paris (1960-61), the Freie Universität Berlin (1962-63) and the Université de Lyon (1966-67). His doctoral thesis dealt with the impact of William Faulkner's novels on the French nouveau roman . Professor Weinstein came to Brown University in 1968: his initial appointment was in the French Department, but soon his full-time appointment was in the Department of Comparative Literature. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1973, to Full Professor in 1978, He was named to the Henry Merritt Wriston Chair in 1990, and he became the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature in 1995.

Professor Weinstein's books include Vision and Response in Modern Fiction (Cornell UP, 1974), Fictions of the Self: 1550-1800 (Princeton UP, 1981), The Fiction of Relationship (Princeton UP, 1988), Nobody's Home: Speech, Self and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to DeLillo (Oxford UP, 1993), A Scream Goes Through the House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life (Random House, 2003), Recovering Your Story: Proust, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, Morrison (Random House, 2006), Northern Arts: The Breakthrough of Scandinavian Literature and Art from Ibsen to Bergman (Princeton UP, 2008), and Morning, Noon and Night: Finding the Meaning of Life's Stages Through Books (Random House, 2011). He has published articles on American, French, German and Scandinavian literature. He was Associate Editor of the journal, Literature and Medicine , from 1998 to 2003, and he edited a Special Volume of Literature and Medicine: Infection and Contagion in 2003.

 

Professor Weinstein's honors include a Special Fellowship to the Freie Universität Berlin (1962-63), a Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellowship (1963-64), a Fulbright Grant (1966-67), a research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1971-72, a Fulbright Professorship in Stockholm, Sweden in 1982-83, a stint as Professeur Invité in American Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1996, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship in 1997-98. He received the John Rowe Workman Award for Best Teacher in the Humanities in 1995. In 2005 Oprah Winfrey asked him to give four lectures on William Faulkner, to be produced online in her Summer Book Club. He also received the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning in 2012. His two most recent books were awarded special recognitions: Northern Arts was named runner-up for Book of the Year by The Atlantic, and Morning, Noon and Night was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction.

 

Professor Weinstein has given eight courses for The Teaching Company: 'The Soul and the City: Art, Literature and Urban Life' (8 lectures, 1991), a segment of 'Great Authors of Western Literature' (21 lectures, 1993), 'Drama, Poetry and Narrative: Understanding Literature and Life' (64 lectures, 1995), 'Death and Disease: Using Literature to Understand the Human Side of Medicine' (10 lectures, 1995), '20th Century American Fiction' (32 lectures, 1997), 'American Literary Classics' (84 lectures, 1997), 'Classic Novels: The Challenge of Great Literature' (36 lectures, 2008), and a segment of "A Day's Read" (12 lectures, 2012). These lectures have been produced in audio, video and DVD format.

 

Professor Weinstein has been Director of 'Texts & Teachers' from its inception in 1998 to 2006. 'Texts & Teachers' is an NEH-funded and Brown University-funded collaborative program in educational reform (nationally and regionally), designed to create a partnership between the university professoriate, high school English teachers, and their respective students.

In 2013 Professor Weinstein was asked by Brown University to contribute one of its three initial MOOCs (Massive Online Open-enrollment Courses) for Coursera. His course, given in summer 2013, "The Fiction of Relationship," had a registration of more than 65,000 students, and it was given a 2nd iteration in fall 2014 as a 'live' course at Brown, while simultaneously being offered as online Coursera venture for almost 30,000 students.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Portion of "Introduction" from Recovering Your Story, reprinted in Poets & Writers (Jan/Feb 2006), 27-32.

Recovering Your Story: Proust, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, Morrison (New York: Random House, 2006)

Robert Alter, Imagined Cities, Review Essay, Literary Imagination (Spring 2006)

David Lodge, Consciousness and the Novel, Review Essay, Literary Imagination (Spring 2003).

"Don DeLillo: Rendering the Words of the Tribe," in Harold Bloom, ed., Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations: Don DeLillo's "White Noise." (New York: Chelsea House, 2003), 117-152

Editor, Special Volume of Literature and Medicine: Infection and Contagion, Spring 2003

A Scream Goes Through the House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life (Random House, 2003)

"Afterword: Infection as Metaphor," in Literature and Medicine, Spring 2003.

"Cloning the Teacher," Brown Alumni Magazine (September/October 2002)

Norman Rhodes, Ibsen and the Greeks, Review Essay, Ibsen News and Comment (Vol. 17, 1997).

"The Unruly Text and the Rule of Literature," Literature and Medicine, (1997)

"'Trying to Say': Sound and Silence, Subject and Community in The Sound and the Fury," in S. Hahn and A. Kinney, eds., Approaches to Teaching Faulkner's Sound and the Fury (NY: Modern Languages Association, 1996) 38-44

"The Profession and the National Education Scene: A Collaborative Model," [with Edward Ahearn,] in Professions 95 (Modern Language Association of America 1995)

"Child's Play: The Cradle Song in Strindberg's Fadren," in Scandinavian Studies (1994)

"The Function of Criticism at the Present Time: The Promise of Comparative Literature with Edward Ahearn,] in Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U. P., 1994)

Nobody's Home: Speech, Self and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to DeLillo (NY: Oxford University Press, 1993)

Brian Johnston, Text and Supertext in Ibsen's Drama, Review Essay, Scandinavian Studies (1993).

Shimon Sandbank, After Kafka: The Influence of Kafka's Fiction, Review Essay, Comparative Literature Studies (1992).

"Hawthorne's 'Wakefield' and the Art of Self-possession," in The Scope of Words (NY: Peter Lang, 1991).

"The Break-up of the City and the Break-down of Narrative in Baudelaire's 'Le Cygne' and Merrill's 'Urban Convalescence,'" in City Images, ed. M. A. Caws (NY: Gordon and Breach, 1991).

Reprints: "Fiction as Greatness: the case of Gatsby," in Harold Bloom, ed., Major Literary Characters: Gatsby (New York: Chelsea House, 1991), 137-153.

Brian T. Fitch, Beckett and Babel, Review Essay, Comparative Literature Studies (Vol. 28, No. 2, 1991).

"Metamorphosis in Ibsen's Little Eyolf," in Scandinavian Studies (1990).

Nicholas Zurbrugg, Beckett and Proust, Review Essay, Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature (Fall, 1989).

Review article of Lars Gustafsson, Bernard Foy's Third Castling in Providence Journal, Spring, 1989.

Rev. of Ingmar Bergman, by Birgitta Steene.Scandinavian Studies, Fall 1989.

The Fiction of Relationship (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988) Paper edition 1990

Review article of George Pérec, Life: A User's Manual, in Providence Journal, Fall, 1988.

"The Powers and the Self: Strindberg's Inferno and Gustafsson's Tennisspelarna," in Scandinavian Studies, (1987).

Rev. of Bohemian Paris, by Jerrold Seigel New York Times Book Review, March 1986.

"Fusion and Confusion in Light in August," in The Faulkner Journal, (Spring, 1986)

Rev. of The Lover, by Marguerite Duras. Providence Journal, Summer 1986.

"Fiction as Greatness: The case of Gatsby," Novel (Fall, 1985)

"Freedom and Control in the Erotic Novel: the Classical and the Surrealist Model: Les Liaison dangereuses and Naked Lunch," Dada/Surrealism, (October/November, 1982).

"Kafka's Writing Machine: Metamorphosis in the Penal Colony," Studies in Twentieth Century Literature (Fall, 1982)

"The Fiction of Relationship," Novel (Fall, 1981).

Fictions of the Self: l550-l800 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981)

"Literature as Home," Brown Alumni Monthly, (Providence, R.I., September 1980).

"Volume and Community in Proust" in Fiction, Form, Experience: The French Novel from Naturalism to the Present, ed. Grant Kaiser (Montreal, Editions France-Quebec, 1976).

Vision and Response in Modern Fiction (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1974)

"Bernanos' 'Monsieur Ouine' and the Esthetic of Chaos." Symposium (Winter, 1971).

"Order and Excess in Butor's 'L'Emploi du temps.'" Modern Fiction Studies, XVI, Number l (Spring 1970).

research overview

Arnold Weinstein researches European and American narrative, Scandinavian literature, American fiction, literature and medicine, and the city theme in literature. His publications include Vision and Response in Modern Fiction (Cornell University Press, 1974), Fictions of the Self: 1550-1800 (Princeton University Press, 1981), The Fiction of Relationship (Princeton, 1988), Nobody's Home: Speech, Self and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to DeLillo (Oxford University Press, 2003), A Scream Goes Through the House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life (Random House, 2003), Recovering Your Story: Proust, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, Morrison (Random House, 2006).

research statement

Arnold Weinstein has been director of Texts & Teachers from its inception in 1998 to 2006. Texts & Teachers is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded and Brown University-funded collaborative program in educational reform (nationally and regionally), designed to create a partnership between the university professoriate, high school English teachers, and their respective students.


He is currently completing a book-length study, Breaking Through: Power and Expression in Scandinavian Art and Literature , under contract with Princeton University Press. He is also beginning work on Literature and the Phases of Life: Growing Up and Growing Old , under contract with Random House. Further projects include a volume on the character of urban life as reflected in literature and art.

funded research

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