Michael Kalisch, Downing

Degree: PhD
Course: AmLit
Supervisor: Dr K Boddy
Dissertation Title:

Male Friendship in Contemporary Literature


Biographical Information

I read English at Oxford before taking the American Literature MPhil here at Cambridge

I'm co-running (with David Winters) this year's American Research Seminar

I'm Membership Chair of the Philip Roth Society

My research is funded by a School of Arts and Humanities Doctoral Award

Research Interests

My research focuses on the idea of  male friendship in modern American fiction.

Authors of interest include: Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Lethem, and Philip Roth. 

Areas of Supervision

I'm currently supervising undergraduate dissertations on Bob Dylan, Dave Eggers, and Philip Roth. I'd be happy to supervise dissertations on post-1945 American literature and culture (especially Jewish-American writers), or anything to do with psychoanalysis or queer theory. 

Selected Publications

- "Review: Becoming Freud by Adam Philip", Critical Quarterly (Forthcoming 2016)

- "'A Late Adventure of the Feelings': Eulogising Male Friendship in Philip Roth's I Married a Communist and The Human Stain", Philip Roth Studies, (Forthcoming 2016) - Winner of the Philip Roth Society's Siegel/McDaniel Award for New Graduate Writing.

- "Review: Friendship by A.C Grayling", Critical Quaretly (April 2014).