Cyrus R. K. Patell (born October 9, 1961) is a literary and cultural critic with a focus on American literature. He is currently Associate Professor of English at New York University (NYU). He is also the Associate Dean of Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Patell received his AB from Harvard College in 1983 and his PhD from Harvard University in 1991. Patell enjoys mentioning his superlative educational background ad nauseam. His dissertation, supervised by Sacvan Bercovitch, was entitled The cultural logic of individualism in late twentieth century America. Before taking up his position at NYU, he was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
He has interests in American literature and culture; history and culture of New York City; theory and practice of cosmopolitanism; minority discourse; cultural studies; literary historiography. His publications include:
- Negative Liberties: Morrison, Pynchon, and the Problem of Liberal Ideology. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.
- "Emergent Literatures, 1940-1990." In The Cambridge History of American Literature, vol.7. Cambridge University Press. 1999.
- Joyce's Use of History in Finnegans Wake. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1984.
- Some Girls (33 1/3, 81). New York, NY: Continuum, 2011.
Patell also served as associate editor for the first two volumes of the Cambridge History of American Literature (general editor, Sacvan Bercovitch) and contributed the "Emergent Literatures" section to volume seven, Prose Writing, 1940–1990.
Fellowships and honors
- Distinguished Teaching Award, NYU, 2004
- Golden Dozen Award, NYU, 2003
- Research Challenge Fund Grant, NYU, 2004, 1999, 1998, 1996
- Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, NYU, 2004, 1997
- Golden Dozen Teaching Award, NYU, 1995
- President's Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, 1991-1993
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