Gavin Jones

Department Chair
B.A., The University of Oxford, First Class Honors, 1990
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1996
M.A., Princeton, 1993
At Stanford Since: 


Gavin Jones is department chair. He is the author of Strange Talk: The Politics of Dialect Literature in Gilded Age America (University of California Press, 1999), American Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in U.S. Literature, 1840-1945 (Princeton University Press, 2007), and Failure and the American Writer: A Literary History (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2014). He has published articles on George W. Cable, Theodore Dreiser, W.E.B. DuBois, Sylvester Judd, Paule Marshall, Mark Twain, and Herman Melville, in journals such as American Literary History, New England Quarterly, and African American Review. Jones recently edited a new version of a neglected classic of American literature, Sylvester Judd's "transcendental novel," Margaret: A Tale of the Real and Ideal, Blight and Bloom. He is currently writing a book about the American writer Ned Buntline (E. Z. C. Judson).

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