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  • Modern British Literature
  • Criticism
  • Comparative Literature
  • Humanities

Ken Asher

Professor of


Welles 221
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Ken Asher has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1986.  He has a joint appointment in Philosophy and English.  His areas of interest are literary theory, philosophy and literature, modern British literature, and Comparative Literature.  Apart from articles in these areas, he has published T.S. Eliot and Ideology (Cambridge, 1995), and is just completing a book on Literature and Ethics.  From 2004-2007 he held a Lockhart Supported Professorship for Research. 

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Fall 2015 Classes

ENGL 203:
Rdr&Text:Intro to the Major

    An introduction to the discipline of English through the study of particular topics, issues, genres, or authors. Subtitles of ?Reader and Text? help students develop a working vocabulary for analyzing
    texts and relating texts to contexts; understand the theoretical questions that inform all critical conversations about textual meaning and value; and participate competently, as writers, in the ongoing conversation about texts and theory that constitutes English as a field of study.
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ENGL 419:
Literary Theory

    A study of major trends in literary theory in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Prerequisites: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 599:
DS: Literary Theory

    HUMN 220:
    H/Western Humanities I

      A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as w
      ell as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.
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