|Notable works||The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing|
McGurl received his B.A. from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Johns Hopkins University. He has also worked as a journalist for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. In 2011, McGurl received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing.
- The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing. (Harvard University Press, 2009).
- The Novel Art: Elevations of American Fiction after Henry James. (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Articles and essays
- "Ordinary Doom: Literary Studies in the Waste Land of the Present,"New Literary History," Fall 2010.
- "A Response to Elif Batuman's Review of The Program Era in the London Review of Books." Official Website: The Program Era Reviews, October 1/October 10, 2010.
- "The Zombie Renaissance," n+1 no.9 spring 2010.
- "Understanding Iowa: Flannery O'Connor B.A., M.F.A." American Literary History, Summer 2007.
- "Learning from Little Tree: The Political Education of the Counterculture" Yale Journal of Criticism, Fall 2005.
- "The Program Era: Pluralisms of Postwar American Fiction." Critical Inquiry, Fall 2005.
- "Social Geometries: Taking Place in Henry James" Representations 68, Autumn 1999, 59-83.
- "Making 'Literature' of It:Hammett and High Culture." American Literary History, 9.4, Winter 1997, 702-717.
- "Making It Big: Picturing the Radio Age in King Kong." Critical Inquiry, Spring 1996.
- "Citations search: "Mark McGurl" (Google Books)". Retrieved 2008-01-18.
- "UCLA English professor wins 2011 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", UCLA press release, April 13, 2011.
- The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing from Harvard University Press
- The Novel Art:Elevations of American Fiction after Henry James from Princeton University Press