Mark Greif

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Mark Greif is an author, educator and cultural critic. His most recent book is The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973 (Princeton University Press, 2015). One of the co-founders of n+1, he is a frequent contributor to the magazine and writes for numerous other publications. Greif teaches literature at the New School University in New York City.

Background and education[edit]

Greif received a BA in History and Literature from Harvard in 1997, after which he received a Marshall Scholarship, which he used to study British Literature and 19th and 20th century American Literature at Oxford through 1999. He holds a PhD in American studies from Yale.

The New School[edit]

Greif is associate professor of literary studies at the New School University in New York City.[1]


In the fall of 2004, along with fellow writers and editors Keith Gessen, Chad Harbach, Benjamin Kunkel, and Marco Roth, Greif launched the literary journal n + 1.[2] Greif has served as both an editor and writer for the journal, contributing essays on a wide variety of topics: politics, sociology, Radiohead.[3] In 2010, he described the journal's mission: “We are creating a long print archive in an era of the short sound bite.”[4]


Greif's criticism is marked by a willingness to address pop culture, conservative books, leftist academic critical theory, and link these to literature and larger questions of culture. He contributed a chapter to the book Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter Happier More Deductive (Chicago: Open Court, 2009).


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  2. ^ Susan Hodara, "Intellectual Entrepreneurs: A highbrow journal rises in an era of sound bites," Harvard Magazine, January–February, 2010.
  3. ^ n + 1 Archive Mark Greif
  4. ^ Susan Hodara, Harvard Magazine, January–February, 2010.

Works by Greif[edit]


  • The Age of the Crisis of Man, 2014.[1]

Articles in n+1



External links[edit]

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