Greif, Mark

Mark Greif
PhD, Yale University, American Studies
MPhil, Oxford University, English Literature
BA, Harvard University, History and Literature, summa cum laude
Assistant professor, Literary Studies

I look at literature’s relation to the world: how new ideas are embraced or refused in fiction and nonfiction, and how arguments find their way into art. I’m a founder and current co-editor of n+1. My scholarly work concerns US literature and intellectual history, primarily in the 20th century.

Courses Taught:

Post-1945 US Novel

Dangerous Minds: The Small Magazine and American Intellect

The New Journalism and 1960s Nonfiction

The Popular Arts

Introduction to Nonfiction: The Argument Essay

Intermediate Journalism: Cultural Coverage

Advanced Nonfiction: Research Methods

Recent Publications:
  • A Step Further: Anthology of n+1 Journal.  Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt.  Collective volume. Translated into German. July, 2008.
  • “The Hard Sell.”  New York Times, December 30, 2007. Essay on Vance Packard.
  • “Black and White Life.”  London Review of Books, November 1, 2007.  Review of ‘Ralph Ellison: A Life,’ by Arnold Rampersad.
  •  “Afternoon of the Sex Children.”  Best American Essays 2007, edited by David Foster Wallace and Robert Atwan.
  • “Anaesthetic Ideology.” n+1 5, Fall 2006.
Phone Number/Extension:
(212) 229-5100 x3445


Research Interests:
American novel and nonfiction; intellectual history; cultural criticism; popular culture; aesthetics and ethics.
Professional Affiliations:
Modern Language Association
Awards and Honors:

New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, 2010-.

Best American Essays 2007 and 2005.

Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, 2005-2006.

Marshall Scholarship, 1997-1999.

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