Casey Shoop

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Senior Instructor of Literature
Clark Honors College
Phone: 541-346-8840
Office: 323 Chapman Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00 in 323 Chapman Thursdays remote via zoom 10-12:


ACADEMIC AREAS: 19th and 20th Century American Literature; Critical Theory; Urban Theory; Literature and Culture of California; Film Studies

Teaching Philosophy

Literature is, among other things, the powerful aesthetic means by which we can access other minds, other experiences, other worlds. At the same time, it has the potential to estrange us from our own normative habits and conventions so that we can see our own present anew by the light of literary history. In small, student-driven seminars we will explore this double capability.

Past Courses

HC 221H The Tragic Mode of Knowledge

HC 221H Force and Law in Premodern Literature

HC 222H Rising, Passing and Classing: The Literature of Upward Mobility

HC 222H The Mystery You're Investigating May Be Your Own

HC 223H Endgame, Wasteland, and Apocalypse: Literature at the End of History

HC 223H Climate Change and the Problem of Representation

HC 223H Radical West: The Culture and Politics of the American West during the Sixties and Seventies

HC 421H Global Crime, Inc.

HC 421H The American Uncanny: The World of David Lynch in Film and Theory

HC 421H The Literary Lives of Animals

Academic Background

Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008
M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2001
B.A., English (highest honors), University of California - Berkeley, 1999

Professor Shoop served as a Lecturer at the University of Southern California, where he was also affiliated with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University before joining the Clark Honors College in 2013. He has acted as a Peer Reviewer for journals California History and College Literature.

Research Interests & Current Projects

Professor Shoop is currently working on writing two book manuscripts. The first, Radicalism, Reaganism and Postwar Literature in the American West, is a book on literature in the Reagan era. His second book will focus on global detective fiction.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2008 - 2010: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Huntington Library-USC Institute on California and the West
  • 2008: Summer Course Design Proposal Winner, "The Encyclopedic American Novel: Herman Melville and Thomas Pynchon" (Columbia University)

Selected Publications

For a complete publication list see Professor Shoop's Curriculum Vitae.

Book Chapters and Articles

Book Reviews