R. Clifton Spargo



R. Clifton Spargo is a fiction writer and critic who received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Yale University.  He also holds Master's degrees from Yale University, Yale Divinity School, and Edinburgh University. His scholarly work and teaching integrate a number of fields within the discipline of English and American Literature, including post World War II American literature and culture; ethics; critical theory and cultural criticism; Holocaust studies; and genre studies (especially lyric, elegy, and narrative).

He is the author of two critical monographs, The Ethics of Mourning (Johns Hopkins UP 2004) and Vigilant Memory: Emmanuel Levinas, the Holocaust, and the Unjust Death (Johns Hopkins UP 2006), as well as co-editor with Robert M. Ehrenreich of After Representation?:  The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture (Rutgers UP and United States Holocaust Museum Press 2009). He was a finalist for the 2005 Hiett Prize in the Humanities and was formerly a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities and the Pearl Resnick Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A past winner of Glimmer Train’s Award for New Writers as well as their Fiction Open contest, he has published stories in The Antioch Review, Fiction, Glimmer Train, SOMA, The Connecticut Review, Green Mountains Review, and other journals.  His essays, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in venues such as The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Yale Review, Commonweal, PMLA, and Raritan. Please visit his author’s website at www.rcliftonspargo.com to learn more about his work.


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